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    Sam O'NeilSam O’Neil

    I was wondering what’s worked for people with alleviating the symptoms of visual snow and tinnitus.  I know that neither can completely go away or be cured at this point.

    Before I even knew there were names to what I’ve been experiencing for what feels like years now, I have used some methods to help.  I’ve used a fan for years to help with sleeping at night with tinnitus.  Now, I also use calming music without lyrics (I find playlists on Spotify) while I’m reading or working on a project, so I’m not so focused on the ringing when it’s quiet.  Otherwise, I haven’t noticed if diet or exercise improves either visual snow or tinnitus.  Again, I just recently found out that visual snow is a something that people have (I thought it was normal).  Considering if this is neurological, I wonder if there is a vitamin or type of diet that may help?


    I’m curious to hear other people’s experiences of what they tried.. whether if they found a method that worked or didn’t work for them.

    Megan AndersenMegan Andersen

    I’m not sure if this will be of any help, but I have tried eliminating dairy products. That seemed to help slightly with the visual symptoms.  I have also tried to reduce sodium intake because my eye symptoms always seem to be worse if I’ve eaten very salty foods.

    For the anxiety end of things I have tried going to acupuncture monthly.  This seems to help as well.

    I hope you can find something to alleviate your sypmtoms!



    Davin Basidavin

    Hello Sam! Thank you for posting on the forum. The only thing i’ve ever tried is supplementing with magnesium, co-enzyme Q10 and riboflavin as it has been shown to have a prophylactic effect on migraines. I can’t say that it worked. I’ve never really tried anything else because I’ve always been wary of making it worse – at the moment I can live with VS! It definitely depends on the person though – I’d say my VS is quite passive and constant, whereas other people’s is more dynamic and perhaps responsive to change.

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    Nikita DriscollNikita Driscoll

    Hi Sam,

    The neuropthamologist started me on Lamictal and artificial tears. It’s too early to see if they help. I’ve tried dietary, exercise, and medication/yoga. Really, they’re all good lifestyle choices, but didn’t alter the visual snow at all.

    Because of that, I usually try to modify my environment so that it’s less stressful (less extraneous visual and auditory stimuli). I use a flashcard to read, use public transportation, and really listen to my body. If my brain fog is heavy, I switch to work that requires less heavy concentration. If I am clear-minded, I will powerhouse through projects. I’ve noticed that I work better between 7-11 at work. So I make sure to use that time efficiently. Also, if it just gets to be too much and my brain feels overwhelmed (I think the VS might me instigating migraine headaches), I will take myself to bed early (this happens almost once a week).

    I’m not sure if that helps you at all, but that’s currently what’s working for me.

    Lin RLin R


    Especially in the beginning i tried so hard to find things which would help to alleviate the symptoms. Didn’t find many things. ASMR/calm music helps me to forget tinnitus in the evening. When studying, i remember to let myself have breaks if i’m starting to brain fog too much.

    I have also found some things that worsen the symptoms; unstable life rythms, alcohol, hangover.. (although if you drink alcohol, remember to drink water too!) Those make everything just so much worse. I also tried to eat some pills a doctor signed for me, but they just gave me a massive headache, nothing else.

    However, because of going to gym and trying some mew supplements, i started to use BCAA’s (amino-acids; leucine, isoleucine & valine) And then one day i realized that they help me with brain fogs & make me feel much more concentrated and better in general. Also the visual snow flickering doesn’t feel that bad at those times when i’ve had some.

    It doesn’t help only for the gym, but for some reason i feel like my VS symptoms alleviate a decent amount when using some BCAA’s. So i could maybe suggest you to TRY to eat more some BCAA-rich food, maybe try some BCAA drinks? I can’t promise it’ll help but i think it’s at least worth trying.

    For them who are not that familiar with BCAA’s, they are already naturally found in your body and play a big part in for example your protein synthesis, so i’m not suggesting you to put some weird foreign stuff in your body. You can also google about them if you want 🙂

    hope this helps, let me know if you try it?

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