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Fit And Well Idaho: Vertigo

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By Brittany Cooper

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Vertigo is a common health disorder entailing a sense of movement that isn't necessarily correct or occurring.

Dr. Troy Anderson of Cassia Regional Medical Center is testing this woman for vertigo by looking at the movement of her eye.

Anderson says, "the inner ear controls the movement of our eye. If you've ever seen someone walking with a video camera , you see that bouncing motion, the reason we don't see that way is the inner ear stabilizes the movement of our eye, keeping our eye stable which portrays correctly on the retna without motion."

But when someone has disease in their inner ear, there isn't stabilization.

"I see distinct eye movement on my testing and that allows me to diagnose what it is."

The most common condition is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV for short.

This is caused by a problem in the inner ear.

"There are small crystals in the inner ear and they measure acceleration and deceleration ...well sometimes those crystals can fall out into another part of the ear called the semi–circular canals and that happens every time you lie down or sit up, bend over, tilt your head back, you feel like the world is spinning on you, you feel vertigo."

Now while you don't die from vertigo, the disorder can make you feel miserable. You can feel nauseous or feel like the whole room is starting to spin.

"You can have falls especially in older people, you can get fractures."
A treatment Anderson does is put these crystals back in the ear "and the vertigo resolves and you feel much better."

Bringing stability back to the patient's life.