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How is occipital neuralgia diagnosed?

Occipital neuralgia is diagnosed using an occipital nerve block. A doctor will use a needle to inject a local anesthetic and steroids into the base of your occipital nerve. If the pain goes away, a diagnosis of occipital neuralgia will be made and a more permanent solution can be discussed.

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Is occipital neuralgia common?
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While headaches and pain are both common, the actual condition of occipital neuralgia is not. People...
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What are the symptoms of occipital neuralgia?
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The main symptom of occipital neuralgia is severe pain in the back of your head and scalp. It is oft...
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How do I care for someone with occipital neuralgia?
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Often, there is little you can do for someone with occipital neuralgia. One way you can help is to m...
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How do medications treat occipital neuralgia?
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