so, let's see, where was i?
ah yes. the final wrap-up on the migraine theory. as discussed in part 2, there are a number of symptoms of migraines other than pain. the most notable of these, for my purposes, are: irritability, sensitivity to light, drowsiness, impaired concentration, loss of appetite, food cravings, insomnia and mood swings.
so what do we know about teenagers & why they're such a mess? well, the primary thing is that they are going through puberty. puberty, as we know, makes of one a mass of seething hormones and endocrines, and other assorted chemical changes going on in the body to cause it to be reproduction-ready.
what struck me that day as i was musing on migraines, and on these symptoms particularly, is the similarity of description to practically every teenager i've ever met. teenagers are notoriously cranky, sleep a lot (or not at all), like dark rooms, can't concentrate, and have weird food habits.
curiously enough, these are also symptoms associated with PMS. and with pregnancy. and with ADD/ADHD sufferers.
one of the things that consistently links all of these ailments is the fluctuation of hormones and/or endocrine levels (yes, i'm stretching a bit in regards to ADD/ADHD. remember, this is a theory, from a non-medical but very well-read person. and there are symptom-relief connections between add/adhd and fatty acids, as well as symptom-relief connections between migraine & fatty acids)
in any case, what my rambling boils down to is this: perhaps many of these ailments are but a symptom of a normal process (puberty) gone out of control. sort of the same way that cancer is normal cell growth & repair gone out of control.
what to do about it? well, definitely more study is needed. it's a sad fact that because many of these illnesses are female-specific(no surprise, women have far more fluctuations hormonally than men), they've been neglected for far too many years by the medical community. i'd like to see some neurologists study these issues en-masse, rather than as seperate diseases (which they may not be). further, i'd like to see the effects of consistent hard physical exertion as teens on the development or lack thereof of these ailments in adults. it is my suspicion that teens who are extremely physical throughout their puberty years are less likely to have these problems. is there, i wonder, a connection between exersize & the regulation of hormones & endocrine levels?
all for now, must do some work before my shift ends.