reply to post by Nathan267
Well, Nathan 267...I've 'suffered' from visual snow since I can remember (since about three...I think?) and can tell you that drugs will solve
nothing for you unless the visual snow is a side-effect of a possible clot/issue in your brain. I highly doubt that a doctor would allow something of
that nature to occur. I have run across several people online and in the 'real world' that have experienced late onset of visual snow, and can tell
you from experience it's pretty common, though completely baffles the ole' medical experts.
Recently, I finally made it to a Neuro-Opthamologist, at the SLU Medical Center in Missouri. Dr. Sophia Chung and other docs in her field are the few
people that take an interest in visual snow, as well as take time with people like us, to explain exactly what you don't want to hear: there is no
known medical cause for visual snow. Most Neurologists will throw the words "constant migraine aura" or some other sentence at you that makes no
sense. Honestly, if it were migraine aura, migraine drugs would help, wouldn't they?
Either way, some people have had minimal success using anti-epileptic drugs such as lamictal, and other non-narcotic drugs like baclofen or tramadol.
But it's a barely noticeable difference and hardly good for your liver, or your sanity to try to drown out something that can be dealt with without
the use of drugs.
Maybe we constantly hallucinate as some people have speculated, but according to MRI's, CT's and every other test they could come up with, these
doctors found no other abnormalities with my physical OR electrical being. The biggest comfort you can find is in the knowledge that you aren't
alone. MANY people have experienced late onset of this, and you are the one's that make people like me look less and less crazy all the time. Crazy
does not just happen in this day and age without several signs throughout adolescence or the appearance of syphillis or some other brain matter eating
disease. Having had this my entire life, and being surrounded by docs that just thought I was making stuff up for attention made me keep my lips
sealed for a long time. Luckily, things change, and the medical community is taking more interest all the time.
We are normal people who see abnormal things. There is nothing wrong with us. The things that we see can't be touched and it can't be proven--yet.
Isn't that a loose definition of paranormal? Since the docs don't seem to have much to offer, me personally, I take solace in places where instead
of being doubted, people throw out suggestions and really try to help. For me, research, experience, and hope are the best drugs.