Visual snow suddenly worse

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RachelSuckling
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Joined: 20 Sep 2010, 10:19

20 Sep 2010, 10:48 #1

Hi everyone,
I'm a 22 year old girl from London and I have had visual snow my whole life. I only discovered it was not normal about 4 years ago.
One day last week, quite out of the blue, my snow was about 10 times worse than normal. I couldn't concentrate at work and felt really tired the whole day. I also nearly lost my balance a couple of times which frightened me. That night the usual display of colours and shapes was unbelievably strong, the colours were so bright I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. It felt like someone was actually pressing down on my eyeballs. The next day it was back to normal.
I just wondered if anyone else had experienced this sudden change and if it then prompted any of you to seek medical help? I was quite worried about it and now think I should get checked out. I've had an eye test at a specialist hospital before and they found everything to be normal, so I think the next step would be some brain investigation. Any advice?
Thank you
Rachel
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YoungMale
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Joined: 23 Dec 2003, 04:58

20 Sep 2010, 10:58 #2

Hey Rachel,
where from London
are you? I’m not far from London
and my VS has I think got a lot worse just recently too.  I think this could be related to
anxiety/depression I’m not sure. But my anxiety and depression has got
noticeably worse. I’m just trying to fight my way through the day without
flipping out or going mental. It’s tough though.


 


There’s a
few of us near London,
maybe we could sort out some sort of sociable meet up. It would be good to
speak to people who know what you’re dealing with, face to face.


 


Do you have
a job?
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chimpo2
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Joined: 06 Feb 2006, 00:15

20 Sep 2010, 17:26 #3

Hi, another Brit here, 23, from Leeds.
This happened to me about a year ago... was sat in the office at work, started to feel 'off', and noticed my vision had got significantly worse. I really can't point towards a trigger either...
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Vulture
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Joined: 29 Dec 2008, 00:08

20 Sep 2010, 19:28 #4

i think you had an optical migraine.
its rare, but some migraines can be painless
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Byron
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Joined: 29 Mar 2009, 02:40

21 Sep 2010, 02:46 #5

Hello Rachel,



In my late teens I experienced a whole day or so where my VS got, as you said "unbelievably strong". I think these episodes happened more than once to me but I only clearly remember the first one. The funny thing is that since then (about 13 years later) I have been experiencing an in creased awareness of VS. Meaning, it is definitely consistently stronger. Especially the more colourful/geometric aspect of the snow.



I have never had a migraine (pain) but I am sympathetic to vultures comments on "optical migraine". I think you should get all the tests done for piece of mind. Everyone seems to get back normal results but its still good to know, especially imaging of your brain like an MRI.



Keep us posted.
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RachelSuckling
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Joined: 20 Sep 2010, 10:19

21 Sep 2010, 12:36 #6

Thank you for your help everyone, it certainly puts my mind slightly at rest to know this has happened to ther people too. If I do have any interesting results I will keep you posted.
Something else I have often wondered - does anyone else with VS also have synaesthesia?
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Vulture
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Joined: 29 Dec 2008, 00:08

21 Sep 2010, 20:50 #7

RachelSuckling wrote:Thank you for your help everyone, it certainly puts my mind slightly at rest to know this has happened to ther people too. If I do have any interesting results I will keep you posted.
Something else I have often wondered - does anyone else with VS also have synaesthesia?
well, i think i *might* but not the usual kind... whenever i see something moving, my brain puts a sound to it... it gets annoying sometimes.
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21stlvlrogue
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Joined: 16 Mar 2010, 19:15

22 Sep 2010, 02:12 #8

My visual snow gets worse every day. I swear that at the rate mine is going I'm going to be blind by the end of the year.



If yours only got worse for one day and then got back to how it normally was, consider yourself lucky.
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My symptoms:
1.
visual snow 2. palinopsia (afterimages) 3. trails 4. Increased
Scheerer's phenomenon (aka blue field entropic phenomenon) seen vividly
on virtually all white and blue backgrounds, indoors or out. 5. auras
around lights  6. cell-like floaters   7. pulse in eyes (more visible
against white backgrounds) 8. tinnitus 9. pulse in back of my head when
exercising or after drinking hot liquids 10. red ear syndrome
11. bubbling in ears (especially when I first wake up) 12. crunchy
sounds in ears when I make a swallowing motion

Gradual onset, steadily progressive.
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needhelp
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Joined: 07 Sep 2009, 18:29

22 Sep 2010, 02:36 #9

21stlvlrogue wrote: My visual snow gets worse every day. I swear that at the rate mine is going I'm going to be blind by the end of the year.
If yours only got worse for one day and then got back to how it normally was, consider yourself lucky.
No kidding.  Ditto.
My symptoms:
1. visual snow 2. palinopsia/afterimages/immediate burn-in both positive and negative 3. trailers 4. blue field entropic phenomena 5. halos around lights 6. constant phosphenes 7. cell-like floaters 8. flickering in peripheral vision/purple balls of light 9. things look "washed out" 10. tinnitus 11. crunchy sounds in ears when I swallow 12. problems going from bright to dim environments/blobs of white light that gradually disappear.
Gradual onset, steadily progressive
  
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