Occipital Neuralgia

Did you know that you have nerves that run from the top of your spinal cord up through the scalp, called the occipital nerves? These nerves can get inflamed or injured resulting in pain to the back of your head or the base of your skull? This is called occipital neuralgia!
Occipital neuralgia can be confused with migraines or other headaches. Occipital neuralgia pain can be very intense and feel like a sharp, jabbing electric shock in the back of the head and neck. The pain is also described as burning, aching or throbbing, can be on one or both sides of the head, scalp tenderness, pain behind the eye and photophobia are also common symptoms.
Treatment for occipital neuralgia can be very different from migraines or other headaches.
Call us at the Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology to set up an appointment with one of our providers to determine the right diagnosis and treatment plan for your symptoms.