It’s important to get an expert diagnosis when you are suffering from frequent headaches. One source of chronic headaches is occipital neuralgia. Caused by damage to the occipital nerves, located on the side of the head, occipital neuralgia has a variety of symptoms including:
- Chronic headache located in the back of the head and around or over the top of the head
- Aching, burning and throbbing pain that typically starts at the base of the head and radiates to the scalp
- Pain behind the eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Tender scalp
- Pain when moving the neck
Causes of occipital neuralgia may be trauma (such as a head injury), physical stress on the nerve, repetitious neck contraction, flexion or extension or a result of a medical complication.
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