Craniofacial Pain

Occipital Neuralgia

About This Condition

Occipital neuralgia is characterised by chronic severe shock-like or piercing pain that originates in the upper neck and radiates from the sub-occipital region over the top or side of the head and behind the eyes. It usually affects only one side of the face and may cause sensations of blurred vision, light sensitivity, coordination difficulties and a scalp that is sensitive to the touch. It results from irritation or injury to the occipital nerves.

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