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It's day three of my latest migraine cluster attack, and let me say, it's rather difficult to stare at this screen and blog.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, I would like to emphasize in this blog how important it is to provoke further research on migraines and what is known as the "suicide headache."
The United Kingdom is far ahead of the United States on research. Sure, in some more economically stable areas of the states there are headache clinics. Let that sink in.
There are various abuse, disease, and cancer clinics - as well as clinics dealing with traumatic experiences. And there are headache clinics. This is the level migraines, which affect over 300 million people worldwide, have reached. In fact, the medical society plans on soon deeming migraines and clusters as a "disease." A disease.
Many people experience a migraine from time to time, which may serve as a catalyst for empathy, but imagine the worst migraine you've ever had extending up to four days.
Since I was seven years of age, I have struggled with cluster heaches that range from four hours to four days and can be as weak as an "ow" to full debilitation.
As a matter of fact, there have been many episodes in which I have been hospitalized due to stroke-like symptoms, including convulsions, cold sweat, loss of equilibrium, profuse vomiting, hallucinations, blind spots, extreme light sensitivity. . .
I have been there too. And all doctors had to give me were painkillers, the ultimate medical cop-out. Seriously, I could create a years worth of journals out of the list of "treatments" I have undergone.
There are times when it becomes so difficult to cope with migraines that I question whether there are more permanent techniques. Of course, rationality still exists in those moments.
With all the aforementioned, one of the best bets to gain medical support for the study of migraines in the United States is through the same medium that works in almost every other situation - film.
Support THE MIGRAINE PROJECT the best you can, even if that means simply spreading the word. EVOLVE the study of migraines and HELP millions by gaining ATTENTION.
As always, thanks for reading.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.