Occipital Neuralgia is a painful condition in which the occipital nerve(s), that travel from the base of the back of the skull up over the top of the head become injured or inflamed. This causes sharp headaches in the back of the head that feel like severe piercing, throbbing or shock-like pain in the upper neck, back of the head and even piercing behind the eyes.
Occipital neuralgia starts as a result of the pinched or irritated greater and/or lesser occipital nerve from injury, muscle tightness or after surgery. Although any of the following may be causes of occipital neuralgia, many cases can be attributed to other types of chronic neck tension or commonly for unknown reasons.
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