FOX 47 - Health News
"I never thought I would turn around and come out of it. Never thought."
Tory Gensichen of Madison recalls her health care nightmare. It started in 1988, when she noticed a rash on her body.
"I ended up with a terrible flu like illness," she said. "A couple weeks later, very debilitated, and neurological symptoms."
Tory went to several doctors and endured dozens of exams, for more than a decade. Finally, a blood test revealed she had Lyme disease.
"I never knew about it growing up, and I was an outdoor kid my whole life -- loved the fall, rolling in the leaves."
Lyme disease is an infection caused by tiny deer ticks, which burrow into to the skin with a painless bite.
"Ticks have a anesthetic in their saliva so you don't feel the tick bite," said rheumatologist Dr. Steven Maciolek, Dean Health's Riverview Clinic in Janesville.
Dr. Maciolek says Lyme disease can be treated with oral antibiotics. Catching it early is key.
"Untreated Lyme disease can cause arthritis, neurological symptoms, irritate the nerves along the neck and shoulders," he said.
Or sometimes, in Tory's case it can attack the central nervous system, paralyzing the body.
"I spent three years on oxygen, and I was wheelchair-bound from 2003 to 2007," Tory said. "This can be a chronic, life threatening illness, ruins careers, takes years out of people's lives."
Tory needed intravenous antibiotics.
Two years after treatment began, the excruciating pain is gone, she's off most of her medications, and recovering.
"It's encouraging and should give hope to others not to give up."
Doctors say a daily body check in the shower is the best prevention.
If you see any unusual changes in the skin, contact your doctor.
Also, wear protective clothing when outdoors in the woods or tall grass.
Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!
Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)
|What 5 dietitians order at Olive Garden|
Remember Alan Martin, the North Carolina minister who was truly determined to take advantage of his never-ending pasta pass at The Olive Garden?
|Dr. Manny: Authorities seeking to prevent second round of riots step up security in Ferguson|
Authorities in the St. Louis-area quickly stepped up security Monday as news spread that the grand jury reached a decision in the case of a Ferguson, Missouri officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen in August. The initial reaction following the shooting touched off nationwide protests, which is exactly what I have called on our leaders to prevent after this decision is read.
|Doctors remove 50 maggots from man’s nose|
Surgeons prevented 50 maggots from burrowing into an Indian man’s face by extricating the flesh-eating creatures from deep inside his sinuses, The Independent reported.
|Parents of twins with ‘children’s Alzheimer’s’ find hope in sugar compound therapy|
Chris and Hugh Hempel knew something was wrong in 2006, when their 2-year-old daughters Addison and Cassidy began stumbling over their words and staggering, according to MyFox8.com.
|Are your supplements doing more harm than good?|
With so many recommendations from a number of ‘experts’ to take supplements, herbal remedies and essential nutrients in a daily pill form – I got to thinking, when do all these pills become too many?
Tonight on FOX 47
5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
8:00pm Sleepy Hollow
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Mike & Molly
10:35pm Mike & Molly
11:05pm Two and a Helf Men
11:35pm The Simpsons