Occipital Neuralgia or C2 Neuralgia: Types, Causes, Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, Diagnosis

Occipital Neuralgia or C2 Neuralgia is a form of headache in which there is throbbing electric-shock like pain in upper neck, back of head, and behind ears generally occurring on one side of head. The pain generally begins in neck and then slowly radiates upward. Some people may also have pain in forehead, scalp, and behind eyes and there maybe tenderness in the scalp and eyes become sensitive to light. The pain is located in areas supplied by greater and lesser occipital nerve, which runs from area where spinal column meets neck to scalp at back of head.

Occipital Neuralgia or C2 Neuralgia can often be confused with migraine or other types of headache because the symptoms can be similar, but occipital neuralgia is a distinct disorder that requires an accurate diagnosis to be treated properly.

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