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Palinopsia (like afterimages) related to other health problems?

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  • Posted By: musicaholic440
  • July 15, 2010
  • 03:55 AM

After many years of curiosity, I have finally discovered that there is a name for something I've had for as long as I can remember: seeing afterimages a lot more easily and often than other people. It's called palinopsia, and it sounds like it's related to other, usually neurological, conditions. I have always been able to look at an object for less than a second, then look away and immediately see its afterimage. Bright lights have always bothered me because I see them for several minutes after the light is gone, and driving at night was always scary because of the headlights of the other cars. Having lived all my life with this, it has never bothered me, but I have always been curious as to why I was different from other people. I never mentioned it to a doctor because I was used to it and I've never seen it as a problem.

Now that I know what it is, I'm wondering if it could be related to any of my other health problems. Most of the problems it seems to usually be related to are life threatening and would have killed me by now or at least would have been noticeable much earlier, since I would have to have had the problem all my life. Anyway, I have a multitude of other health problems and symptoms, including asthma, low blood pressure, fainting, psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (but epilepsy wasn't completely ruled out), migraines, fibromyalgia symptoms, digestive symptoms mostly relieved by removing gluten, dairy, corn and soy, joint pain, easy bruising, muscle cramping (especially in my hands), recurrent tendinitis, joints that sprain easily, Raynaud's phenomenon (cold hands and feet that sometimes turn white and go numb), heart palpitations, daily headaches (not migraines), muscle twitches, extreme fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and probably several other things I'm forgetting right now...like brain fog. ;) I know this is an eye forum, but I also know that sometimes eye symptoms can lead people to a diagnosis when none of the other symptoms do. If nothing else, I'd love to know if there are other people out there like me with palinopsia.

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  • I found your story very interesting. I am taking a class right now called "Physiological Psychology". You should read up on your diagnosis and see if you can find ways this could be caused. I had to look for patient stories regarding vision issues. I definitely used your story. Very interesting!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2010
    • 11:18 PM
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  • Reading this post i felt like i was reading about myself, I would love to talk with you more , i see this post is nearly a couple of years old now and would like to know how you are now with palinopsia, im a 30 year old female i believe i have palinopsia i have suffered panic and anxiety attacks since i was 17 i now have panic disorder with agrophobia, I suffer trails, after images, snow vision, muscle twitches, flashing when opening closing my eyes and also when i look at patterned wallpaper or carpet, i see block colours mainly green but also other colours, Like yourself driving at night with headlights shining in my eyes effects me, i get headaches too, I cant sleep in the dark as my snow vision is to bad and i cant see, Its only been recent like in the last few weeks ive dicovered palinopsia so i went to my doctor with it she had never ever heard of it and sending me to see a neurologistsoim hoping to get some answers, I think to most scariest symptom i get is Depersonalization where i feel like im not in my own body feels like im in a dream its a nasty feeling and the worse feeling ever, I really would love to chat with you and i havent got anyone else to talk with about this i feel kinda alone with it , when i talk about it to people i get that look like oh my she's crazy, so to talk to someone who can relate would be brilliant :)
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  • Reading this post i felt like i was reading about myself, I would love to talk with you more , i see this post is nearly a couple of years old now and would like to know how you are now with palinopsia, im a 30 year old female i believe i have palinopsia i have suffered panic and anxiety attacks since i was 17 i now have panic disorder with agrophobia, I suffer trails, after images, snow vision, muscle twitches, flashing when opening closing my eyes and also when i look at patterned wallpaper or carpet, i see block colours mainly green but also other colours, Like yourself driving at night with headlights shining in my eyes effects me, i get headaches too, I cant sleep in the dark as my snow vision is to bad and i cant see, Its only been recent like in the last few weeks ive dicovered palinopsia so i went to my doctor with it she had never ever heard of it and sending me to see a neurologistsoim hoping to get some answers, I think to most scariest symptom i get is Depersonalization where i feel like im not in my own body feels like im in a dream its a nasty feeling and the worse feeling ever, I really would love to chat with you and i havent got anyone else to talk with about this i feel kinda alone with it , when i talk about it to people i get that look like oh my she's crazy, so to talk to someone who can relate would be brilliant :)Hi chaska, im 17 and have only recently found out i have palinopsia, suffering with it since the beginning of the year. reading your post, its relieving knowing someone is going through the same. like you, i think i could live with the other symptoms but depersonalization is the one thing that i just cant stand, not feeling here completely and looking at any object and not feeling as though your looking at it fully due to the snow vision and the moving shadows over it. i would like to chat to you about it seeing as though youve suffered from palinopsia from the same age as i am.
    sammeh 1 Replies
    • September 20, 2012
    • 08:30 PM
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  • Hi! I've had the same symptoms as the ones you describe for two years now.It started after my first migraine aura.It's really scary when I drive at night.I avoid going to concerts , clubs and other places where the lights are bright.I've even quit my teaching job because of the projector light.Noone seems to be able to understand what I'm going through.I am 28 years old, have experienced trigeminal neuralgia for a year and a half before my first aura, and numbness of both my hands every tiime I went to sleep when I was 22-23 years old. After 5 MRIs and eye tests, the diagnosis is stress and migraines.I am a smoker and spend many hours reading and using a pc.I have found no solution to the problem.I only try to be as calmer as I can be(can't manage this all the time) and get as more sleep as I can. At this point I should mention that I have difficulty in sleeping ,too.
    lilaki 1 Replies
    • September 30, 2012
    • 01:53 PM
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  • Musicaholic440, do you also have hypermobile joints? Are you familiar with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or Hypermobility Syndrome?

    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • February 24, 2014
    • 02:41 AM
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  • Wow! My 14 year old has described this! He has or has had asthma, convergence insufficiency, fainting (bp drops), cold acquired urticaria (hives with temp changes), swollen or painful joints and he has anxiety. I am now wondering how they are all related?
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  • @sammeh please contact me I have the same thing
    Anonymous 0 Replies
    • August 16, 2016
    • 10:45 PM
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