Thanks To Migraines, I Associate Naps With Pain

When I was young, I suffered from migraines. A lot. They were not, in a word, fun. Most people complain of hangovers and headaches and that burning sensation you get from eating ice cream too quick. Migraines, if you've never had the pleasure (a word used quite wrongly), is like none of those things. A migraine is like every single piece of your brain being passed through a meat grinder, then being rolled into a spaghetti noodle, and then stomped on by a child who has been told they can't have any more candy. And all of this is happening in one of those Zack Synder, bullet-time sequences. In Finnish. Without subtitles.

Mine were, thankfully, stress induced, and have largely subsided since I adopted my own particular brand of absurdest apathy (which is not nihilism, thank you very much). As with most things in life, I've found not caring has improved my health immensely. One quarter of women, and one twelfth of men suffer from migraines on a regular basis, and unfortunately, my method is not a cure that works on the majority of people (and in all fairness, it doesn't work on me either, as I still suffer from about one a year). In fact, there is no cure, because there is no known cause for migraines. I had an electrical issue once, where the power would randomly cut out to half of my place for an unspecified amount of time. When the power was working, everything was fine. The electrician couldn't fix it because he was never around when it was having a fit, because there was no rhyme or reason to when it would happen. Migraines are essentially the same thing, but with the brain.

According to new research from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, a series of twelve genetic sections have been identified as having a relationship to migraines. Eight of the sections are associated with those previously identified as helping to control the brain's circuitry, while another two are associated with healthy brain tissue. Of the twelve sections identified in this research, five carry associations previously unknown to gene researchers.

The thing with all gene research is that, treatments are slow coming. Still, this is good news. Because treatments are impossible until researchers know why certain genes behave the way they do, what areas need to be targeted, and what treatments need to be developed. When the Human Genome Project published the complete genomic map in 2003, which was heralded by politicians as the great advance of the 21st Century. And they decried it when nothing came of it instantly. Because gene research takes a long time to produce results. And for people who suffer from a range of debilitating conditions for whom gene research holds the key to, if not cures, then at least treatments (and this includes most neurological disorders from Parkinson's to epilepsy), announcements like this are another step in the right direction.

Because sometimes, Asprin just doesn't cut it.

Via The Telegraph.
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About MR. Clark

Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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