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Occipital Nueralgia?

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  • Posted By: miksher
  • January 8, 2009
  • 02:31 AM

Hello: I have been having headaches almost everyday since March 08. They are always in the back of ny head in the lower left side of my skull. I had a CT Scan done in May 08 which showed a benign cyst above the left side right above the jaw. My primary Dr.sent me to see a nuerologist. I was on vicoden so was not able to be seen by the nuerologist until July. She said I have occipital nuralgia and I have been having nerve blocks every 2 months since July 08. the only relief that I have gotten from the headaches was with the 2nd nerve block, it did not take it away completely but it was considerly less after the 2nd one. I go back the end of this month to get another nerve block. What is happening in the last 3 weeks is every time I get a headache I feel this horrible pressure in the lower part of my head that almost feels like something is compacting my head and I get a terrible pain in my upper jaw on both sides..I am about sick of these headaches. I am questioning if this is this truly occiptal nueralgia?

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  • I have had occipital neuralgia for several years. The pain/pressure at the base of your skull sounds like it's occipital neuralgia, if you have had 3-4 blocks and aren't happy with the results ask about botox treatment. It's similar injections but supposedly works better, I have never had that one myself, but that is what I have been told. Have you tried taking Neurontin (gabapentin)? It's a medication used for nerve pain, ask your neurologist about it. Pain in your jaw is not normal unless it is radiating down from above your ears. Is it on the left side? Could it be related to the cyst that was found on your CT? The cyst shouldn't have anything to do with your headaches but maybe you are more aware of it when you have the headaches. My neurologist told me that if you put both of your hands on the back of your head with your palms at the base of your skull and extend your fingers up and over your head with your pinkys above your ears that is the area that is most commonly affected my occipital neuralgia.
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    • January 10, 2009
    • 06:57 AM
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