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Old 09-23-2012, 02:56 AM   #1
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Do I have 'Occipital Neuralgia'?

Hi all,

I've had the same frustrating health problem since mid 2002 that no one has so far been able to diagnose, let alone resolve.

The left side of my head (especially around the left temple/forehead) alright feels like there a constant 'headache' or like a constant intense muscle tightness on that left side of my head (also in and around the left eye). While the sensation is at its most intense around that left temple I can also feel a 'tight fuzzy' feeling around the back of the left side of my head.

My eye sight is also affected in that I sometimes do feel sensitivity to light (especially when emerging from a dark room into a bright room, or when entering a populated area with bright lights on the ceiling) and that I feel the constant muscle tightness around my left eye feels like both eyes can't always focus properly. The combined left side 'muscle tightness' and the disturbed vision symptoms also affect my concentration.

After almost a decade I had essentially given up on trying to discover what was causing all this when I was reading symptoms on the internet recently on something called 'Occipital Neuralgia' and how poor posture could potentially damage or impinge upon those specific nerves in such a way (I am tall and growing up would slouch and my upper back is still somewhat rounded). I also tried pressing the left side of the back of my head with two fingers and felt a 'tighter' sensation on that side than when I try the opposite.

I have made an appointment to see my doctor next weekend to ask for a referral to a Neurologist that specialises in headaches.

I wanted to get the opinion of others on this board as to whether my symptoms sound like they correspond with being ' Occipital Neuralgia' and, if so, would getting a referral to see Neurologist who specialises in headaches be the right person to see?

Thank you for your time.

 
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Re: Do I have 'Occipital Neuralgia'?

Jerry, I know it has been a number of years. Did you ever get any further info on your headaches?

 
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Re: Do I have 'Occipital Neuralgia'?

Jerry, I have some of the same symptoms. So, sorry you are dealing with this. Did you ever get any relief for your headaches and related symptoms?

Kenny

 
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:19 AM   #4
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Re: Do I have 'Occipital Neuralgia'?

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Jerry, I have some of the same symptoms. So, sorry you are dealing with this. Did you ever get any relief for your headaches and related symptoms?

Kenny
Hey there,

I saw a GP several months ago who didn't think it was 'Occipital Neuralgia' (which was my theory at the time) and instead merely suggested ,"oh, sounds like a migraine". He gave me some 'periactin' migraine medication which did nothing (I never thought it was a simple case of 'migraine' as the left sided muscle tension in the left side of my head/temple is constant and doesn't come and go like a migraine would).

I've since seen a podiatrist who thinks may symptoms (of constant left side muscle tension in left side of head, visual blurriness) is quite possibly due to my right leg being 2cm longer than my left leg. When I walk I tend to also feel a 'muscle tension' in my left thigh as well but never thought they could be connected.

I have an appointment this coming week to see if getting orthotics will help.

I did read online that a significant leg length discrepency can cause symptoms of 'migraine/headache' and 'visual blurriness' so we'll see...

 
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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Re: Do I have 'Occipital Neuralgia'?

Jerry, what a coincidence! I have almost a 2" inch leg differential. My right leg is almost 2 inches shorter than my left. I think this has contributed to many, many of my health issues.
I also have 2 herniated discs (C5/C6) in my neck. I don't think those particular discs would affect the head, but I don't know for sure. I think the higher discs like C2/C3 would have a greater impact on causing headaches.
It was great to hear from you. Do you take any meds for the "headaches"? What is the severity of your headaches? Do you ever get nauseasted due to your headaches? I do.
Kenny

 
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