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How can I relieve pain from occipital neuralgia?

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The first thing you’ll want to do when you have occipital neuralgia is to relieve your pain. You can try to:

  • Apply heat to your neck
  • Rest in a quiet room
  • Massage tight and painful neck muscles
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, like naproxen or ibuprofen

From: Occipital Neuralgia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Occipital Neuralgia Information Page." American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Occipital Neuralgia." Jan Brandes, MD, director, Nashville Neuroscience Group at St. Thomas Health Services; assistant clinical professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 


Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 6, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Occipital Neuralgia Information Page." American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Occipital Neuralgia." Jan Brandes, MD, director, Nashville Neuroscience Group at St. Thomas Health Services; assistant clinical professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 


Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 6, 2018

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