Neuralgia (Nerve Pain)
This condition is believed to be due to irritation to the main sensory nerve in the back of the head; (that which supplies all of the skin and pain sensitive structures in the upper neck and back of skull). It is believed that this irritation may be caused by tightness in the muscles, joints or ligaments of the upper neck, thereby putting pressure on the nerve itself and causing it to become irritable and painful.
Neck injuries, postural strain, and viral infections are amongst a number of other potential causes of irritation to this nerve.
The pain has been described as a continuous aching/throbbing in the base of the skull, and back of head, with occasional referral (pain travelling) into the forehead/face regions.
Occipital neuralgia- like most other types of headpain; needs to properly diagnosed, and all causes identified.
Treatment of this condition should be aimed at eliminating causes through the appropriate therapies/advice/medications, and allowing nerve irritation to subside.
Serious causes should always be checked for.
Neck problems may contribute to Headaches and Migraines, so it is important to have them professionally addressed. It is also important to investigate for other potential causes, as many cases of Headaches and Migraines have more than one ingredient.
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Many of these cases constitute medical emergencies; and further underline the need for an accurate diagnosis for all headache and migraine cases. Often, there is little correlation between the seriousness of the underlying problem, and the severity of the symptoms. If in doubt , see your doctor and / or neurologist.