What Is Occipital Neuralgia?

A headache is not always just a headache. Most people have heard of migraine headaches, tension-type headaches, and cluster headaches. But many may not have heard ofOccipital Neuralgia.Sources of pain in the upper cervical spinelike the ligaments, joints, muscles and nerves can result in occipital neuralgia.

A 44 year old woman, Mrs Chan, always comes home from work with a headache which usually starts around mid-afternoon period. She is a secretary in a bank and works long hours in front of the computer; but this headache was different than the migraines she was used to getting. This new headache is always on the left side and seemed to come from the base of her skull and spread towards the top of her head. Whenever she spends long periods of time working on the computer, the headache gets worse.

 

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What Causes Occipital Neuralgia?

Simply undergoing an excessive amount of stress to your neck and spine is itself a cause of Occipital Neuralgia. There are several other factors that can make Occipital Neuralgia more severe or happen more frequently. These include fatigue, problems sleeping, disc problems (the intervertebral discs between the bones in your neck can