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Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:05:59 PM »
First I want to say that I really used to be hypochondriac when I was around 9 or 10. I first thought I had a stroke or Brain cancer as one of my mom's friend had a stroke and passed away and my teacher had brain cancer. I then associated weird feelings in my body with these illnesses and freaked out alot. In grade 9, I freaked out about my eye so much as I had double vision (due to eye strain and too much video game at some point so nothing serious) although it first started in grade 6 and in grade 9, I was constantly checking to see if it gets worse and basically desired perfection in my eyes and I would always go hunting for halos, glares and any other imperfections. That's when I developed visual trails which scared the crap out of me and I did see the ophthalmologist twice and nothing was found. In grade 9 summer is where I worried the most in pretty much my whole life and was constantly looking for my visual trails. I went online a lot to find out about it and I saw that it was associated with positive and negatve afterimages as well so I began to look for them and I actually started seeing those afterimages after I looked for them. This happened in the end of grade 9 summer and I am now in grade 12 and have 20/20 vision. Nothing got worse at all as I coped with it in the end of grade 9. Now in grade 12, I just became worried that will it get worse? Or is it just brought up by hypervigillance and worrying about your vision too much.

btw I know that these symptoms are associated with snow but I don't really see static and I'm reassured that many people had these symptoms and came out negative in brain scans. I'm just worried about it getting worse. I mean it hasn't at all when I wasn't paying attention to it in the last 3 years but now the worry struck me again.

Other info: I never took any street drugs or medications. I exercise everyday, eat healthy and I actually have a happy life but sometimes this hypochondria strikes me (first time in 3 years). I also used to always focus on my vision to see if things will get worse or if things seem out of the ordinary.
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 07:30:51 PM »
Hi Noclip,

Welcome to the forum.  You are now a member of our community, where you will find support and advice from other members in similar situations.   It's always nice to find someone else who understands, and to know you're not alone.

We have sections in the forum that address specific concerns, so feel free to post or start a new topic in the section that best fits your situation.  Feel free to explore the rest of the forum.  You may find the other topics helpful, and you may be able to offer advice or support to someone else.

Noclip, many people with anxiety suffer from visual issues.  I'm sure you will find help and support here.

Good luck to you and again, welcome to AZ.

Buzzy
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 04:27:59 PM »
Well thanks. I will check them out.
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 12:22:31 AM »
The same thing happened to me! Started being super hypervigelent to my eyes! I started looking for things and started self testing constantly. Now I suffer from after images, recently trails, and very mild " visual snow ". I only see it in the dark really.
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2014, 06:11:58 PM »
Thanks for the reply. Did your trails/afterimages come before or after the visual snow? I'm scared of getting snow.
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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2015, 07:52:15 AM »
Hate to bring up an old thread, but I found this through a Google search if 'Palinopsia' or after-images can come about from eye strain.

Not sure if you are still somewhat active here enough to see this reply but, I will say worrying about anything when you're even mildly afraid of it in an anxious manner seems to never turn out well and only results in something unwanted.

I was doing okay for a few months not worrying much anxiety-wise, and I made the mistake of drinking some caffeine again, which triggered some heart anxiety again, then proceeding into seeing all this weird stuff like way more after-images, more floaters, and the thing I've experienced before extensively due to depression and anxiety, peripheral hallucinations.

To anyone reading this, never worry about dumb things like this if the doctors tell you nothing is legitimately wrong. It only makes things worse.

I visit a doctor for a new physical in a few weeks, and haven't done something of the sort in years. Therefore, I cannot say for sure what I believe but, I spend nearly 10-14 hours a day on the computer, and most days of the week stay inside. My eyesight has noticeably deteriorated after doing this for a couple years at this point. That doesn't bother me but, the eye strain is a problem. If you live this type of lifestyle and expect not to see weird things after some time like after images a lot or some visual clarity issues, you need a reality check. I believe it to be a reversible thing if you make sure to care for your eyesight from then on, but nonetheless.

Again, sorry to bring up an old thread, just thought I'd share my piece of mind in case anyone wonders.

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Re: Does Palinopsia (afterimages, trails) get worse?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2015, 10:46:58 PM »
Just wanted to share my experience.

Like many of you, I have suffered from Palinopsia. My symptoms were limited to continuous vision trails in dim lighting conditions. I still remember the first time I noticed these trails. I thought I had a long piece of lint trailing my arm, but as I looked closer, I realized I was seeing a faded version of my arm itself. Yes, I mumbled "What the f***."

My trails started almost exactly seven months ago. They progressively got worst over the first five months or so. I went from experiencing Palinopsia once every three weeks to experiencing it several times a week. I thought it would stay with me forever.

Which is why I created an account here to write about my experience. To my astonishment, my Palinopsia symptoms have subsided in the past two months. I am no longer caught off-guard by vision trails. Oddly, part of me sort of misses them a bit.

I did see a neurologist who ran me through a battery of tests, all of which were, in her word "very encouraging," as they suggested all parts of my brain were functioning exactly as expected. An MRI reinforced her conviction that my brain was healthy and not at the root of my Palinopsia.

She suggested I see an Ear, Neck, and Throat, as the inner ear "is known to sometimes cause Palinopsia". I forget her exact wording, but I think she mentioned some kind of reflex or connection between the inner ear and the vision system that could lead to Palinopsia if something in the inner ear was off.

So I haven't seen an ENT specialist yet. Frankly, unless my Palinopsia comes back, I am not sure that I will. My symptoms have nearly vanished, and the last time I experienced Palinopsia was several weeks ago---and it was only a light version of the Palinopsia I had experienced in the past. So the trend has definitely reversed in the past few months.

After I saw my awesome neurologist at a top Boston hospital (if it matters at all), I mentioned to her that, well, I had experienced whiplash at an F-1 racing cart event I had with my team at work. My coworkers went out and had a blast driving little F-1 carts at speeds up to 40MPH, but sadly, I was bumped really hard from the rear at an awkward angle. My neck hurt for two weeks.

My neurologist agreed that this could have possibly caused the Palinopsia.

As it happens, one of my corworker's wife is a Primary Care doctor at MGH (one of the best hospitals in the country), and she had some opinions on my Palinopsia herself. I had mentioned that after my MRI, my symptoms had nearly vanished, so clearly I was trying to connect the dots and conclude that the strong magnetic fields of the MRI could have fixed me.

But my coworker's wife doctor mentioned that my symptoms had probably vanished by themselves, that the timing with my MRI had been a pure coincidence. Apparently, palinopsia from concussions progressively gets worse over a few months before reversing course and gradually improving. I had taken my MRI at the average "reversal time," it seems.

Anyway, for months on end, I would scour the deep ends of the world wide web in search of some information about Palinopsia, and I know well how much it can consume you. I wrote this personal account in hopes that it will help someone walking in my shoes or, at the least, give you some hope that your symptoms aren't permanent and that they will get better going forward. I know most Palinopsia accounts suggest that the symptoms are permanent, so here is at least one case in which they don't seem to be.

Best of luck to you all. If my account helps any of you, pay it forward and post your personal experiences for those of us who might in the future suffer from your conditions. Most of the posts I read were from 5-10 years ago, so you never know who might read them---your kids maybe? Help us by writing your accounts. Thanks!
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