Synergy Spine and Pain Center

Occipital Neuralgia

Pain Conditions


Occipital neuralgia is pain in the head and neck that begins at base of the head and moves to the scalp. The nerves send feeling from the brain to the top and back of your head. Occipital neuralgia has many causes that include neck tension, whiplash, a pinched nerve, osteoarthritis, cervical disc disease, blood vessel inflammation, gout, diabetes or an infection. A cause is not found in some cases.


Signs you have occipital neuralgia are: continuous aching, burning and throbbing, intermittent shocking or shooting pain that generally starts at the base of the head and goes to thee scalp on one or both sides of the head. Pain behind the eyes occur frequently in patients.


Treatments include pain medicine and nerve blocks. In some patients, occipital nerve stimulation has provided some relief.

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