Over the past few months, a friend of mine has been experiencing terrible migraines. They leave her feeling very sick and unable to do anything -- a huge blow for a young mother who works full-time.
She has gone to the doctor but has to wait a few months before she can see a neurologist.
I get a migraine maybe once a year, and I'm thankful they aren't more frequent than that, because they are absolutely horrible and debilitating.
In fact, a friend of mine in elementary school would get migraines and would be out of school for days. Pretty scary, especially for an 11-year-old!
But it looks like there may be more hope for migraine sufferers.
A recent British study has found migraines occur because of a genetic defect.
The study found that if the gene does not work properly, environmental factors can more easily trigger pain centers in the brain and cause a severe headache.
A University of Oxford researcher said the discovery was a step forward in understanding why one in five people suffers from migraines.
This discovery could help create new treatments.