Hi everybody. I had a head injury a few years ago. I don't remember a whole lot immediately following the accident and things are hazy for the months immediately following it. I was walking, talking, etc. Friends and family said I seemed okay but maybe tired or like I'd been drinking. (I don't drink.) I had trouble concentrating, reading, and more. I got lost in conversations and did a whole lot of smiling and nodding. I had regular headaches. I made the mistake of not getting a CT right away and the one I got almost a year later looked alright. The doctor wasn't much help. I took some cognitive tests but got "inconsistent results" and failed the tests designed to tell if someone was faking. This was nonsense. I had real trouble reading, differentiating, and maintaining attention; especially with certain items on paper or computer screens. It took over a year to find a neurologist who talked to me about visual snow. I remember initially resisting because what I see doesn't look like snow falling. It looks like there is some kind of electrical field buzzing between me and what I see. It is always there, buzzing with the same frequency, even in the dark. It's a bit like lots of tiny rain droplets randomly hitting my visual field head on. It's most like static on old television sets. I finally accepted the term after remembering that old static being referred to as "snow". A few years have passed. My mind feels stronger. I feel a little sharper and more confident. However, the visual snow remains. The snow is always there and its frequency doesn't change. (The only time it isn't a part of my life is in dreams.) What I have noticed is that some things make it a lot louder. That really wears me down and promotes headaches. "Cool white" fluorescent lighting is brutal. Big flat surfaces, especially in light or pastel colors, can also be brutal. As you could guess, the walls at many doctors' offices are a perfect combination of those two factors. I've noticed that turning down the overall quantity of light helps. Also, warmer light sources are better. I typically wear sunglasses with a slightly red tint and that offers a modicum of help when I have to be out during the day. The biggest challenge right now is accepting that this is my life now. We've tried a few different kinds of medication but that's been all side-effect and no relief. One of my doctors lamented the lack of local support groups, so I figured I would try here.