Sunday, 21 April 2013

A bit about Occipital Neuralgia

Welcome to my blog!

I decided to write my own blog about my journey battling Occipital Neuralgia (ON) as it is so difficult to find much on the Internet that is based in the UK.
Here in the UK, we have different, and perhaps limited, choices to help this condition, expecially seemingly compared to America.

So....I will begin by explaining the condition as simply as possible.
Occipital Neuralgia is desribed as Neuropathic pain originating in the back of the head along the distribution of the occipital nerves. This can be the greater or lesser occipital nerve that originate in the C2/C3 area of the cervical spine.

ON is characterised by severe pain that begins in the upper neck and back of the head.
The pain can be a mixture of;
*  sharp, shooting, zapping, an electric shock or stabbing
*  aching, burning and throbbing pain
*  tender scalp
 The pain is typically one sided and can be constant pain or varied length attacks.

There is no cure for ON but the condition can be supported by management of the pain.
Although ON is not life threatening and can not cause other conditions, it can be life changing and a person's quality of life can be severely affected.

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