Occipital Neuralgia and constant headache?

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    I was recently diagnosed with occipital neuralgia. The headaches and nausea are constant, sleep is unheard of and my eyes ache all the time. My MD has tried steroids by mouth and injection, and Neurontin. Are there any other treatments out there that can help me just get thru one day? I am considering finding a neurosurgeon for nerve decompression but I can't find outcomes of those surgeries to know if that is worth it. please help! Lori.





    Dear Lori;


    This headache pattern has an almost universal poor sleep pattern associated with it. Creating a sound sleep platform is not that difficult as there a number of medications that can enhance sleep quality. Nerve decompressions are things saved for the most resistant cases; there are plenty of medications that can be helpful. Good luck in your search for relief.

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Published On: February 08, 2010