Next up, our #WarriorOfTheWeek, Pedro! Hear this strong warrior’s #VSS story. ?

Spotlight on: Pedro Marques @pmxrques

“I’ve had Visual Snow since summer 2018. I was at the airport & wanted to watch my flight on the monitor. I could only read the numbers & names with great effort. Since I have myopia, I thought I just needed new glasses. I went to the ophthalmologist who said my eyes had worsened, but very minimally, so I couldn’t really tell the difference. They said maybe my eyes were just dry because of the air conditioning. This condition did not decrease & got stronger, so I went to another ophthalmologist. They gave me the VS diagnosis but there was nothing he could do. I got VS after a stressful time of final exams, driving exam, & the resulting panic attacks & anxiety. I just accepted the whole thing & since then I have not noticed the symptoms as much. The symptoms only increase when I’m more stressed than usual.

My symptoms: Photophobia, a little bit of palinopsia, flickering, floaters, impaired night vision, sometimes headache, dizziness & tinnitus.

I first thought I was suffering from a bad illness, such as MS or a tumor. I became a hypochondriac since every doctor told me that everything was fine, but I still had symptoms. I searched for the cause a lot on the Internet & went crazy. Today when I have something, I no longer Google but ask someone or go straight to the doctor. Last year I started my studies. Despite my panic attacks & difficulty concentrating, I got through the first semester with good grades. I have a happy relationship with the most wonderful person on earth for 3 ½ years, who has helped me in my worst time & still does. I distanced myself from everyone I loved because of my problems, but she was always close to me & got me out of this hole.

  1. Don‘t give any attention to your symptoms
  2. Find an activity which distracts you
  3. Try to live as stress-free as possible
  4. Don’t google your symptoms
  5. Talk to others about your problems”

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VSI Founder Sierra Domb and Dr. Peter Goadsby Join Tinnitus Hub Podcast

Many who have #VisualSnowSyndrome also have #Tinnitus. We collaborated with the good people at Tinnitus Hub on this podcast where #VSI Founder Sierra Domb and neurologist Dr. Peter Goadsby talk about their experiences in trying to push the envelope for #VisualSnow sufferers as well as the analogies between the two conditions.

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