April 24, 2007

Take Two Aspirin...

If you know someone, or are someone, who suffers from migraines, you know the pain, the hassle, and the intrustion they pose. I've had migraines since I was 9, and the beat goes on. I've spent decades adding up the downsides to anyone who will listen, a number that now includes only professionals who are paid to listen.

Imagine my surprise at discovering some remarkable new research that suggests migraine sufferers might actually be getting some kind of bonus for their pain. Apparently, our brain and memory functions are better than the mere non-migrainers among you. So take that.

It's actually interesting, and they have no idea why. Researchers were surprised by their own results, anticipating that migraines would more than likely erode some brain function because of the shock and awe destruction they inflict. Those are my words, not theirs. The heavy duty drugs most of us take to beat back the pain sure don't feel like they're adding to my life span ("do not take this if there is a history of heart disease in your family, because it will blow your heart apart like a pin in a balloon"), so they're chasing down molecular explanations.

From now on, I'm just going to be a little more appreciative of my sore noggin, and demand even more special treatment from those that love me. What everyone else calls me bitchin' is really just my brain re-booting.

Do that, all you non-sufferers.


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