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Occipital Neuralgia Headaches

Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital Neuralgia or headache is one of many out there but not very common. You get a headache that starts at the nape or at the base of the skull, which you feel is spreading into back, side and front of the head and at times behind the eyes as well. For some of you it could be unilateral and for others it can be bilateral. You notice that by putting pressure at the base of your head, the headache eases. Some of you may feel tenderness in scalp, while brushing your hair or eyes being sensitive to light. Migraine; you assume, well don’t worry a lot of people with occipital neuralgia are misdiagnosed due to the overlap of other headache’s symptoms.

‘Occiput’ is the back part of the head or skull and ‘neuralgia’ is sharp pain felt along a nerve pathway. This will make it easier for you to picture in your mind, about occipital neuralgia. There are two nerves called occipital nerves, involved in people with occipital headache. These originate near the upper cervical vertebrae and travel from here to the back of the head via neck. Any irritation of these nerves along their path can cause this headache. It is not a life threatening condition.

Occipital neuralgia is a headache syndrome (a condition that has particular signs and symptoms). There could be many possible causes, as pain sensitive structures along the path are many. This syndrome could be either,

·         Primary; with no obvious cause, known as idiopathic. 90% of the patients fall in this category.

·         Secondary; due to some underlying condition, causing trauma to the occipital nerves

o   Whiplash, a major fall or direct blow to the neck area.

o   Degenerative changes in the spine

§  Degenerative disc disease

§  Arthritis

§  Osteoporosis

o   Tumors

Inflammation, due to infections or irritation by the surrounding tissues like; muscles, ligaments, vessels, etc, strain the nerve leading to dreadful repercussions. 

Occipital Neuralgia, strikes men and women equally and is not age specific. It is a distinct problem that presents with the other headaches or with symptoms similar to them. Only a vigilant, care giver will be able to diagnose and then treat it properly. Bouts of pain at the back of the head radiating to one or both sides and front are often confused for migraine. The case becomes an enigma when it co-exists with other headaches.

A detailed history and meticulous physical examination including neurological examination is what can conclude the diagnosis. One of the deciding factors will be; when the pain appears, how it feels and what rectifies it. MRI, CT scan, vascular imaging and nerve conduction tests will show abnormal findings if the cause is structural. Anesthetic occipital nerve blockade is kind of diagnostic, if it relieves the pain.

Once, the diagnosis of the occipital neuralgia is reached, than it should be easy to treat it. The line of traditional  treatment given to the occipital neuralgia patient are medications i.e. aspirin or NSAIDs, narcotics and antidepressants or anticonvulsants used in pain management, which have side effects and can be addictive as well. If the case is difficult than the occipital nerve block is done to severe nerve’s ability to cause pain but this may also cause numbness along its distribution area.  In My Chiropractic office I use trigger point, Myofascila  and chiropractic manipulation, to overcome the pain forever.

Houston Chiropractor at! ‘Walk in Chiropractic Associates’ is right here to help you in this and many other conditions. Our team of chiropractors deals with headaches on daily basis. After detailed examination and evaluation we reach the root cause and plan the treatment for early and long relief. Our pride Dr Naghavi, (DC) is an expert in nutrition as well; he has helped occipital neuralgia patient, recover and be symptom free. The therapies available at our clinic, in addition to chiropractic adjustments are electric stimulation, LLLT, ultra sound, massage and many more.

If you or any of your loved one, is suffering, don’t wait and call (713) 529-4808 to book an appointment and get the proper intervention as early as possible. You can visit our site www.houstonchiropractor.us  and check our patients’ reviews. Our location is 2002 Binz Street, suite B, Houston, TX 77004.