In Occipital Migraine The Nerve Has to Be Treated..

In occipital migraine the pain originates from that nerve.

The nerve is inflamed or even a muscle or blood vessel may be pressing on it to the point of sending out pain signals which is then diagnosed as a migraine. The symptoms are so close to resembling a migraine, that some sufferers are diagnosed with chronic headaches. Chronic headaches are a common symptom that come from several causes. Occipital neuralgia is often misdiagnosed at first, most commonly as tension headache, or a migraine leading to treatment failure, or addiction.

And if a wrong diagnose is given you could go for years being treated for migraines, instead of occipital migraine, and not having relief. No one wants that.

Look for a respectable headache clinic that offers as many options as possible for the treatment of migraines, and different types of headaches. If this path is followed the treatment when the occipital nerve is involved will be much quicker. Find out if they offer invasive surgery. If the migraines haven't responded to preventives, that could be a sign that you're not receiving the right treatment.


Occipital neuralgia is when damage has been done to the occipital nerves.

And this pain can come from the lesser, and greater occipital nerves. We found out on our last page the pain can come from an injury to these nerves.

Reasons that migraines stem from the occipital nerve.

  • Trauma, such as a blow to the neck, and whiplash is common for producing this pain.
  • Physical stress on the nerve, neck contraction over, and over, and extending the neck out can irritate these nerves.
  • Another cause for the pain is vascular compression.

The greater occipital nerve is used for nerve blocks. Headache specialists use this one for many different headache syndromes from cervicogenic headaches, occipital neuralgia,and migraines to cluster headaches.

The doctor can treat the same nerve without knowing exactly what you suffer with. The symptoms can mimic each other. But knowing "exactly" the head pain will help in the all around treatment of the headaches.

You can have chronic daily migraines, but also have the same type of pain when something has damaged the occipital nerves. Daily headaches from these nerves can be experienced. One symptom of the occipital nerve being involved is the eyes being sensitive to light, especially when headaches occur.

One of my wife's headache specialists would call it daily chronic migraines, while another said she had tension headaches with migraines????? On another page we told of the last visit to a different headache specialist. (highly recommended) In a half hour he had her migraine headaches narrowed down to three possibilities. Although she had give her symptoms to each one, the rest just said she was suffering from migraines. But no preventives had help. What if he's right, and she's suffered all this time because of a wrong diagnosis.

Occipital neuralgia, also known as C2 neuralgia, is a medical condition characterized by chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head and behind the eyes. Once the right diagnosis has been made there's several methods to treat this:

  • Nerve blocks
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Steroids
  • Rhizotomy
  • Phenol injections
  • Antidepressants
  • Occipital cryoneurolysis.


If these aren't effective:

  • A decompression on the nerve can help with the pain.
  • Or a nerve stimulator implant under the skin if all else fails.

An occipital migraine can be helped if the right treatment for this headache is done. Ask for the headache clinics options as what they offer. Occipital migraine is diagnosed fifty two percent of the time as migraines, twenty percent as sinus headaches, and twenty percent as cluster headaches. A good headache specialist has probably treated this before, and most likely will know the best course of treatment for relief. Keep in mind that even all headache specialist may misdiagnose. If no relief is found then another will have to be used. Headaches can be so complicated that some doctors may not distinguish between one, and another.

Thanks for reading

Link to find more info about different treatments. On our last page we discussed occipital neuralgia, and our next page we talk about epilepsy and migraine Home page from Occipital migraine

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