Occipital headache, as the name suggests, is a headache that starts in the back of the head. It is usually one-sided and is believed to be due to an impingement of the occipital nerve, a nerve that courses from the cervical spine, in the back of the neck, just below the skull, that runs upwards into the back of the head before fanning out to the larger area covering the back of the head. When severe, the headache can be constant and disabling. Occipital nerve block, a bedside procedure, can be highly effective in blocking the pain and interrupt the vicious pain cycle.
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