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Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital neuralgia is a chronic pain disorder caused by irritation or injury to the occipital nerve located in the back of the head. People with this disorder experience pain originating at the back of the neck. The pain is often described as throbbing and migraine-like and spreads up and around the forehead and scalp. This can result from physical stress, trauma, or repeated contraction of the muscles of the neck. Treatment options include massage, rest, pain medications, anti-depressants, nerve blocks, and epidural steroid injections.