Migraine is the third most common illness in the world. One in seven people are affected at some point in their lives. Those who suffer from chronic migraines – that is, having at least fifteen headache days per month, of which eight consist of migraines – often have to limit their lives and take medications with severe side effects. Normally, you cannot work during a migraine attack, which results in large costs to society in the form of both medical care and loss of production. Our K.O.S method is expected to preventively decrease the number of headache days, which is what the current study intends to prove.
Jan-Åke Åkesson is a neurologist and meets patients suffering from chronic migraine on a daily basis. Jan-Åke was among the trial doctors who took part in a previous clinical study that was carried out in Sweden. Jan-Åke considers K.O.S. a great possibility to treat patients who don’t experience any effects of existing treatments.
“It would mean that yet another group of patients would be able to get preventative treatment. When the new CGRP antagonist drugs came out on the market, many believed that the problem had been solved, and that ‘this is something that will help everyone’. But that’s not the case. There is a great number of patients who don’t experience any effects of it. K.O.S. is therefore a very interesting treatment method alternative, consisting of a totally different treatment mechanism, for the patients who don’t experience any effects of existing treaments.”
“It’s a bit complicated to say how many doses are needed, or the length and frequency of the treatment. Botox treatment involves 20-30 injections every three months. While many feel it’s a convenient treatment compared to having to take pills every day, others feel uneasy about the number of injections they have to get. This treatment is pretty intense when it is carried out, but it’s not needed every day. I also feel it can help those who experience sinus and nose problems in between migraine attacks.”
“It doesn’t really hurt, but patients can experience discomfort, due to a reaction that causes itching in the nose and the eyes may tear up a little bit. But I can’t remember meeting a patient who wants to abstain from treatment because of it.”
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