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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is occipital neuralgia?

Occipital neuralgia is a type of headache characterized by intense pain, throbbing, or electric-shock-like pain in the upper neck, back of the head, behind the ears and usually on one side of the head. It could be a result of a pinched nerve root in the neck due to tight muscles, arthritis, injury or surgery to the headl.

Symptoms of occipital neuralgia

  • Headache

  • Pain over the back of my head

  • Headache affecting one side of my head

  • Pain over the temples

  • Headache with sharp, electric shock-like pain

  • Tingling or prickling sensation of the skin

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Throbbing headache

Questions your doctor may ask to check for occipital neuralgia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose occipital neuralgia

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have pain behind your head?

  • Do you have pain on only one side of you head?

  • Do you have pain around your temples?

  • Does your headache feel a sharp pain like an electric shock?

Treatment for occipital neuralgia

Treatment options include rest, applying heat/ ice to the neck, massage and pain killers.

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