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Are there any successful treatments for occipital neuralgia complex?

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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Dr. James Marx
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Neuralgia (Definition)

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 are possible treatments for unilateral occipital neuralgia when combined with very tight muscles all over?

What are possible treatments for unilateral occipital neuralgia when combined with very tight muscles all over?

Please read below: Nonsurgical treatment the goal of treatment is to alleviate the pain. Often, symptoms will improve or disappear with heat rest physical therapy including massage, anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants. Oral anticonvulsant medications such as Carbamazepine and Gabapentin may also help alleviate pain. Percutaneous nerve blocks. Microvascular decompression occipital nerve stimulations. ...Read more

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What is occipital neuralgia complex?

What is occipital neuralgia complex?

Pain at back of head: Occipital neuralgia is pain from the occipital nerve which is felt along the back of the head, sometimes radiating to the top of the head and sometimes to the forehead- usually on just one side of the head. The occipital nerve is most likely irritated as it passes through the muscles at the back of the head, at the base of the skull. Less commonly, the nerve can be pinched in the upper neck (c2). ...Read more

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What are symptoms of occipital neuralgia?

Sharp pain in back: of head at base of neck to scalp and can radaite to behind the eyes, cause unknown but trauma, tight muscles stress, lack of sleep or food bets is to get mri of head to be sure no tumor, then take excedrin , next try gabapentin[antiseizure meds] ice pack and or heat , rolled towel behind neck , let head fall back over towel to ease tension , osteopathic or massage therapy, physical therapy ...Read more

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How far up on the head does occipital neuralgia pain go? Does it cause needle like pains in head?

How far up on the head does occipital neuralgia pain go? Does it cause needle like pains in head?

All,of it: The occipital nerves supply sensation to,the skull. Is the greater occipital Nerves are irritated, pain can be experienced over the top and into the eye. Lesser occipitals cause pain in the shape,of a banana over the top,of the ears and sides of,the skull. There are good treatments for this. See your local,pain Doctor. ...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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What pain/symptoms does occipital neuralgia cause?

Typical: Unilateral occipital head pain, usually of a burning or electrical nature, associated with a pain trigger at base of skull behind mastoid bone, and perhaps local numbness over the distribution of the Greater Occipital Nerve of Arnold. Would further discussion via Concierge visit provide assistance? ...Read more

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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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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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Can occipital neuralgia be one sign of multiple sclerosis?

Can occipital neuralgia be one sign of multiple sclerosis?

Very very rarely!: Different types of neuralgia can be seen in ms including occipital neuralgia. Almost all of the time, these occur in patients who have already been diagnosed with ms. It is extremely unlikely for it to be the presenting symptom. Most likely you have already had a brain MRI for your headache. If that is clear, i say chances are very very low that you will go on to develop ms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or ...Read more