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We all have a right and left greater and lessor occipital nerve. The nerves leave the upper part of the cervical spine and continue under the skin of the scalp. The function of these nerves is to transmit sensation from the scalp to the central nervous system, the brain. When these nerves become irritated, a headache occurs along the distribution of these nerves. Often people will describe the headache as starting in the back of their neck or skull and then shooting up the scalp towards the eye, temple,and/or ear.
Headaches caused by occipital neuralgia by occur on one side of the scalp or both. The pain may by constant or intermittent. The quality of pain is often throbbing, electrical, burning, and/or jabbing. People often experience tightness along the scalp and skin sensitivity.
Conservative treatment options should always be tried first. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and narproxen, muscles relaxants, gabapentin and topical skin agents may be effective. Massage, relaxation techniques and acupunture are