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Greater occipital nerve block

turbo313tturbo313 Posts: 122
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Chronic Pain
so the pain at the base of my skull has become unbearable. I am seeing a PM dr in a couple of weeks to have a nerve block done at the greater occipital nerve. Has anyone else had this done?
I looked it up on the internet and it doen't look painful. Little scared about blocking the nerve though.



  • I've had numerous Greater and Lessor Occipital nerve blocks done and they were a piece of cake. Within just a few minutes of the injection, the scalp begins to go numb and spread upwards. Depending upon which drug is used, it can last a few minutes to several hours. I've also had them provide relief for numerous days since the nerve was calmed down temporarily. The nerve is not damaged, it is merely bathed in the numbing agent.

  • and how often did you ahve to get them to get relief?
  • Hi Connie, I've also had a few done myself. Like C said, piece of cake, it's no worse than getting your blood taken. When I've had it done, my scalp remained numb for a few hours. What my pm told me, is that the more you get it done, the time in between having to get them done will get longer and longer. Theoretically, of course, not everybody is the same. I do know that after the 3rd shot, my heahaches were better for a longer period of time.
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
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