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What are the symptoms of occipital neuralgia?

The main symptom of occipital neuralgia is severe pain in the back of your head and scalp. It is often described as an excruciating headache. More specifically, pain symptomatic of occipital neuralgia can occur in your neck, behind your ears, behind your eyes, and sometimes, in your forehead. The pain is often described as  being like an electric shock; it may also be sharp or throbbing. Usually, only one side of the head or scalp is affected. People with occipital neuralgia may also find that their eyes are more sensitive to light and their scalps are tender.

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