In medical science neuralgia refers to the chronic pain in the nerves and Occipital Neuralgia is a medical condition in which person feels chronic pain in the locations of Occipital nerves. These nerves correspond to three main areas of the body including the back side of eyes and head, and upper neck. In some cases instead of feeling pain, the patient may feel nothing in the affected areas. This illness also goes by the names of Arnold’ Neuralgia and C2 Neuralgia. There are two kinds of occipital nerves; lesser and greater. Occipital artery wraps the greater occipital nerves and also contributes to the pain.

Symptoms of Occipital Neuralgia

The biggest symptom of this disease is the intense pain in head and upper neck. Some people confuse this disease with a general headache. The difference between occipital neuralgia and other types of headaches is that in the case of occipital neuralgia patient feels extreme jabbing like an electric shock on the back side of the head. This pain can reach to the back of the eyes and even to the eyebrows. Other symptoms of this disease include:

  • Burning of inner head

  • Severe throbbing in the region between the scalp and base of the head

  • Soreness of back neck

  • Difficulty in moving neck due to pain

  • Sensitivity to sound and light

  • Unclear speech

It is not necessary that every person suffering from this disease will have all these symptoms but the presence of some or most of these symptoms indicates that person is suffering from this disease.

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