What is Occipital Neuralgia?
Occipital neuralgia is a distinct type of headache characterized by sudden and recurring jabs of piercing, throbbing, chronic pain.
The pain originates from base of the skull and often radiates to the back, front, and side of the head.
It may also be present behind the eyes, in the upper neck, back of the head, and behind the ears, usually on one side of the head.
It usually causes extreme light sensitivity to the eyes. The pain is caused by irritation or injury to the occipital nerves.
Occipital neuralgia is typically treated nonsurgically, with the goal of alleviating the pain.
Depending on the person, doctors may offer several possible approaches to relieve pain, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Pain medications
If these treatments are unsuccessful, we can treat occipital neuralgia surgically.