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!