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Occipital Neuralgia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 17, 2006
  • 08:32 PM

Yesterday I had an injection into my scalp to ease the pain of Occipital Neuraliga. I also had trigger point injections. When I went to bed last night, I was unable to sleep due to achy joints in my hands, feet, knees, hips and lower back. The only thing that didn't hurt was the spot where the occipital nerve was hurting for so long. I had a slight forehead headache as well. I tried to take my normal ambien but it had no effect on helping me get to sleep. I finally took a chance on two extra strength tylnol. After lying awake until 5:00 AM this morning with not even one minute of sleep, I finally fell asleep in my chair for an hour. I want to know if this is a normal reaction to the injections that I had? I also want to know if there is a danger in taking a headache pain reliever along with ambien? I take 6.25 mg of this and 40 mg of nortryptline. This was all started because of an assult by a mentally Ill patient in 2002 when I was delivering medication for the mental health center where I was, and still am, an employee. Due to the blows I received to my right top of my head, I suffer from permanant eye damage in my right eye, neck pain, shoulder pain and severe migraine headaches. Any answers will be helpful. Thanks, str8aro from Montana.

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  • Yesterday I had an injection into my scalp to ease the pain of Occipital Neuraliga. I also had trigger point injections. When I went to bed last night, I was unable to sleep due to achy joints in my hands, feet, knees, hips and lower back. The only thing that didn't hurt was the spot where the occipital nerve was hurting for so long. I had a slight forehead headache as well. I tried to take my normal ambien but it had no effect on helping me get to sleep. I finally took a chance on two extra strength tylnol. After lying awake until 5:00 AM this morning with not even one minute of sleep, I finally fell asleep in my chair for an hour. I want to know if this is a normal reaction to the injections that I had? I also want to know if there is a danger in taking a headache pain reliever along with ambien? I take 6.25 mg of this and 40 mg of nortryptline. This was all started because of an assult by a mentally Ill patient in 2002 when I was delivering medication for the mental health center where I was, and still am, an employee. Due to the blows I received to my right top of my head, I suffer from permanant eye damage in my right eye, neck pain, shoulder pain and severe migraine headaches. Any answers will be helpful. Thanks, str8aro from Montana.I have severe migraines and I found that the nortriptyline and nadolol together was supposed to help. I tried for 2 years but I have from 6 - 13 migraines a month. Whatever you do don't do Acupuncture as it can cause hospitalization in 28% of patients. This I know personally. And some with paralysis's that are not documented. Good Luck
    helper1 3 Replies
    • October 1, 2006
    • 02:54 AM
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  • I have migraines from as many as 6- 13 per month. One thing I would advise NOT doing is acupuncture it can cause hospitalization in 28% of patients. Found this on the net. Some others have had paralysis and can't find anything on the net to see prognosis. I tried nortriptyline and nadolol together and I take Relpax when they come and it works really well for some of the time. Good Luck Yesterday I had an injection into my scalp to ease the pain of Occipital Neuraliga. I also had trigger point injections. When I went to bed last night, I was unable to sleep due to achy joints in my hands, feet, knees, hips and lower back. The only thing that didn't hurt was the spot where the occipital nerve was hurting for so long. I had a slight forehead headache as well. I tried to take my normal ambien but it had no effect on helping me get to sleep. I finally took a chance on two extra strength tylnol. After lying awake until 5:00 AM this morning with not even one minute of sleep, I finally fell asleep in my chair for an hour. I want to know if this is a normal reaction to the injections that I had? I also want to know if there is a danger in taking a headache pain reliever along with ambien? I take 6.25 mg of this and 40 mg of nortryptline. This was all started because of an assult by a mentally Ill patient in 2002 when I was delivering medication for the mental health center where I was, and still am, an employee. Due to the blows I received to my right top of my head, I suffer from permanant eye damage in my right eye, neck pain, shoulder pain and severe migraine headaches. Any answers will be helpful. Thanks, str8aro from Montana.
    helper1 3 Replies
    • October 1, 2006
    • 03:00 AM
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  • I just found this site a few minutes ago. I was hoping to find out about a tingling or pin-sharp pains all over my body. Those seem to ebb and tide which I feel are related to emotions. For instance, I was percolating right along but read some email which was upsetting to me. Pow! The pins and needles returned and I can't find anything which will relieve those.Any help.Now - Occipital neuralgiaI had a brain concussion in 1997. It wiped me out as far as short term memories bo. I also had repeated migraine headaches which would not go away. I tried Neurologists and Neurosurgeons - they said there was nothing to do about it. They prescribed neurontin but that didn't helpFinally, I tried a pain clinic. (This is going to be short.) I took the many films of my skull for his perusal. I walked into the examining room, took a seat and soon the doctor arrived. He asked me why I was there. I told him I had repeated headaches which occured frequently.He asked me where those headaches started. I pointed to one particular spot on my skull. He stepped behind me, cradled my head as you would a coconut. He then moving the thumbs all around the site I pointed out. After a time he asked what was happening. I told him the headache was returning.He said, fine. He got a syringe, filled it with some medicine and began injecting all around the site. A circular area of about the size of a half dollar.When he had finished he told me I should return if the headaches returned. If not, he would like to see me in 3 months.I returned after 3 months. We had a joyful session. He surmised that when I had the concussion the occipital nerve was wedged between two of the plates of the skull. When the plates would start moving the nerve would be irritated and then the headache presented itself. If I lay still for a long time the irritation would be reduced. With the injection the nerve relaxed to the point that is could slide out of the space between the two plates.I have had no further headaches of that type. I took 50 mg of imitrex when a headache presented itself and then another 50 if the headache wasn't gone after an hour.So, my input on occipital neuralgia.A note: the session for the injection around the site was less than 20 minutes. Also, i had contemplated having the occipital nerves clipped for the pain was very bad.pwhitaker3@cox.net
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 03:43 PM
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