Some patients describe this condition as the crushing neck and head pain that takes over their lives.
Occipital neuralgia can have several causes (injury, repetitious neck contraction, vascular compression, and others). The result is always the same: spinal subluxation with inflammation that leads to damaged nerves.
The symptom is: a chronic headache most often in the back of the head. Some people also experience headaches that then radiate over the top of or around the sides of the head to the eyebrow or behind the eye. Light sensitivity can also occur, leading to a misdiagnosis of tension headache or migraine.
The pain is intense and feels like a sharp, jabbing, electric shock in the back of the head and neck.
Other symptoms may include:
•Aching, burning, and throbbing pain that starts at the base of the head and radiates to the scalp
•Pain and or stiffness when moving the neck
If you’ve been diagnosed with occipital neuralgia, call our office today at 507-775-2711. You can experience relief, and an improved quality of life.
Dean Ferber, Doctor of Chiropractic
Byron Family Chiropractic Clinic, 501 NW Frontage Rd, Byron, MN
Located 5 miles from Rochester, MN!
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