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venting, skull pain



  • if you look at this image you can see the the window or "notch" where the occipital nerve comes through the base of the skull and onto the scalp. the injection is into this area and it bathes the nerve in a short term anesthetic and can numb up the skull within just a couple of minutes.

    all of these medications have lists of side effects that are pretty daunting. once i got even the first smidgen of relief from the carbamazepine, i didn't give much thought to the side effects. any relief from these headaches is a blessing.


  • Yes, C, that's exactly where he injects, and it does
    numb my scalp within seconds!

    Flower, I have had the injections after that have seemed to be working. I had them the first time, didn't do anything, then the 2nd weas when I was in the middle of one of the REALLY bad headaches, and it didn't help at all, but the 3 I've had since, I think it is helping, as I haven't had a really bad one again, and I was getting them at least once a week, lasting a couple of days. I don't know how you're making it through so long with it now!! They really are terrible. I feel for you. Maybe you can ask about getting the injections. As my doc explained, the more you get them, hopefully the fewer headaches you get. Yes, the docs have told me they are occipital headaches, and I get the normal tension headaches, and then those ice-pick headaches, too, and then the migraines. It's not fun, is it. I hope you get relief from it soon. What about going to the ER, if it's super bad, because your dr is out for a few days?
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
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  • it just got worse in the last 24 hrs and ive been sleeping on and off and icing and taking meds
    then i got V and D ,well that really topped it off

    dont think it was related to the headches though , that hasnt happened before with them

    yes, sucks big time!! the pain is horrendous

    the intensity is not as bad now , though still there , my dr is back tommorrow

    im sory the blocks didnt work great for you, but hoping that improves.
    thanks for your help kelly
  • for the chart, yes can see the nerve and area
    bathing that nerve with aneasthetic sounds wonderfull right now

    the pain actually just got worse in the last 24 hrs, and ive been sleeping on and off and icing, its starting to go somewhat now , not as intense , but still there.

    yes, a neurologist would prob be the way to go, with this, are you still taking carbamezipine (sp) for your treatment, or have you been put onto the newer lyrica or another treatment? Do you/have you had the anesathetic blocks?

    thanks for your help c

  • finally this cerviogenic headache has settled , my GP rang me yesterday and fitted me in.
    as the headache was resolved, by the time he got back, was no point in doing the block

    he said if happens again , he will do the block with aneasthetic and some steriods

    i took in my scans and letters from neurosurgeon and got him to read them , he then said he would ring neurosurgeon and see if he can expediate an MRI cervical and my NS appoitment

    things were messed up, reports not read, info not recorded and so am trying to sort out

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  • Glad to hear that your headache has let up. Knowing that the doc is on your side and working to get things moving and straightened out, is always a comforting feeling. Glad to hear some better news.

  • yes, theres been a few factors in different events contributing to delays, yeah so hopefully things will get moving and straightened out now

    thanks for your support
  • I know the feeling!

    Past couple months or at least month, I've been having a horrible time with nerve pain of the scalp...among other pains.

    It is horrible when it gets really intense. The burning, it hurts to touch your hair, or move or lay your head a certain way, your scalp is tight...Don't even mention the occipital nerve or c3 nerve getting caught and bring that burning aching nerve pain from the base of the skull up and over the scalp to the top over the eye (in this case my left eye). Sometimes I even get jaw pain.

    Ugh, it is hard to relieve. Only things I find is trying to loosen the muscle that is tight in my shoulder/neck, lay down with ice under the neck, my muscle relaxer, or my tens unit.

    It is still very difficult to deal with, break through the pain.

  • So glad to hear it's gone!!! Hope you get your NS appointment soon, and MRI!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Glad to hear your headache finally backed off, and too things are once again moving with your doctors and such. Please keep us posted. I hope those headaches stay "backed away".. :) *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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