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Occipital Neuralgia

Hi All I'm am a 45 yr old male. I have a fusion at c6-c7 in 2004 as the years have gone by my upper head started to hurt. Now I have Occipital Neuralgia and if I try to do the neck stretches I get pain. I have a 4mm disk bulge at c2-c3 to my understanding that is a small bulge. But I think it is the cause of the pain suffer from. I currently take tramodol suboxone and Cyclobenzaprine for my pain management. But the pain is still out of control. I will see my family Doctor on Monday to see if I can see a pain specialist or maybe get an MRI of the cervical spine. Will update on the progress.


  • Hi all I saw my family doctor today and have been referred to a surgeon. The same one that did my c6-c7 fusion, I'm scared and relieved at the same time. More to come soon.
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • Thank you liz for the warm welcome.
  • Has anyone had epidural injection at C2-C3 as I'm sure that were this is going to end. Well maybe not end but help with the excruciating pain at least. And if it did help was surgery the next step?
  • davidhenderson311ddavidhenderson311 Posts: 11
    edited 06/26/2013 - 11:15 PM
    It is 2:47 in the morning and I have woke out of a sleep with 7 of 10 headache. I over did it today and now im paying for it.
    I have this golf cart that I take the trash down the hill to the street. I had hired a mechanic to come over to my house to look at the issue. All I did was watch him work, and all the looking around gave me a pounding 8 of a headache. I new at that moment that I had over did it. So the day went on and my headache got a little bit better I take flurazepam 30mg and Cyclobenzaprine 5mg to help me fall asleep which I did for four hours then boom I'm awaken with a 7. I took 600mg of Ibuprofen and 750mg of Tylenol and drank 160mg of caffeine and a Ice pack. Now I feel better 4 but I'm fully awake at 3:01am. Just my little rant letting you know what I'm going through.
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  • I got to see the Surgeon that did my C6-C7 fusion, and he said all looked well on the x-ray. So with the pain in my head and down may arms just might be something he can see on an MRI. I have a two week appointment to see the surgeon will up date more then.
  • OK I got my MRI done now, is the waiting game to see if I'm crazy or do I have something going wrong.

    There is no worst felling than having the doctor ask why I have not been working. Some people think it a vacation. It's not it's a sentence not only am I in pain but I don't have a job to focus on. All I can do is sit in pain.

    I will get my read out on the 24th. The best news I can hope for is surgery.

  • Only 2 days to wait until you get your results now David.

    Do come and tell us what they decide. :-)

  • Good News no surgery. My C2-C3 bulge is now 3mm it has gotten smaller. The Spine Surgeon is sending me to have Occipital Neuralgia injection, nerve block.
    The only other bulge is at C5-C6 witch is right above my last fusion, and it is not causing any issues.
    more to come on the nerve block.

  • I really hope that this occipital nerve block will improve your pain levels.
    Such good news that the disc bulge has reduced in size. :-)

    I'll be interested to hear about how your nerve block goes and if it helps you.
    Take care,
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