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Dr. John Flores
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What is the definition or description of: occipital neuralgia?

What is the definition or description of: occipital neuralgia?

Nerve irritation : This condition is an irritation of one or both branches of the occipital after exiting from the base of the skull at right or left suboccipital regions. It is thought to be primarily a consequence of cranial muscle contracture or spasm around the nerve. ...Read more

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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is also known as Nerve pain. Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: occipital neuralgia?

Nerve irritation : This condition is an irritation of one or both branches of the occipital after exiting from the base of the skull at right or left suboccipital regions. It is thought to be primarily a consequence of cranial muscle contracture or spasm around the nerve. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Le
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What is occipital neuralgia complex?

Occipital neuralgia: Occipital neuralgia is a neurological condition in which the occipital nerves (the nerves run from the top of the cervical spine up through the scalp) are inflamed or injured. Occipital neuralgia is characterized by severe pain that begins in the upper neck and back of the head as well as chronic headache. ...Read more

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If left untreated, can bilateral occipital neuralgia resolve on its own?

It is possible: only if neuralgia is secondary to another condition, it may eventually resolve on its own. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Khorsandi
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How successful have surgeries been for occipital neuralgia?

How successful have surgeries been for occipital neuralgia?

Highly: I perform this procedure. In my experience, greater occipital nerve decompression is highly effective. Over 95% of patients who I have performed this surgery have complete relief of symptoms, and it is immediate. Occipital neuralgia is very debilitating and commonly a cause of migraine headaches. In reality it is a nerve compression of the greater ; lesser occipital nerves. Nerves cause pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Umanoff
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I have occipital neuralgia and medications and nerve blocks have stopped working. I have read about surgical options. What would you recommend I do be?

I have occipital neuralgia and medications and nerve blocks have stopped working. I have read about surgical options. What would you recommend I do be?

Nerve pain: Occipital neuralgia may at times be secondary to nerve root irritation in the upper cervical spine. For cases that fail to respond to blocks, I have successfully used peripheral nerve stimulation. It is a form of implanted device and can work extremely well. ...Read more

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Are there any successful treatments for occipital neuralgia complex?

Many: Medication & therapy are the joint "first line" treatments, as they are with other nerve compression syndromes (like carpal tunnel). However, as the disease progresses, surgical nerve decompression becomes necessary to treat the disease. ...Read more

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If I have occipital neuralgia can that be related to the 2 opthalmic aneurysms i have?

If I have occipital neuralgia can that be related to the 2 opthalmic aneurysms i have?

No: Both cause pain, but have different origins. The occipital neuralgia is an irritated nerve pinched by a muscle spasm. The aneurysm is a bulging out of a blood vessel wall. You can treat occipital neuralgia with massage and ice. The aneurysm will need an interventional radiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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How do you distinguish between occipital neuralgia and cervical facet syndrome?

How do  you distinguish between occipital neuralgia and cervical facet syndrome?

Similar Pains: Sometimes the facet joint nerves can connect with the occipital nerve causing both. Sometimes they are separate issues altogether. Generally speaking extending and rotating your neck with cause facet pain syndrome and pressing on the back of your head may cause occipital neuralgia. See a pain specialist to help you determine the difference between the two. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Khorsandi
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Occipital Neuralgia (Definition)

This condition is an irritation of one or both branches of the occipital after exiting from the base of the skull at right or left suboccipital regions. It is thought to be primarily a consequence of cranial muscle contracture or ...Read more


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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Nerve pain can be burning, shooting, sharp. It can also present as numbness/tingling. It may follow a certain path which is a nerve branch or be general to an area ...Read more


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