Headache Education Center

Occipital neuralgia



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This type of pain occurs in one or both sides of the back of the scalp/head. The pain occurs in sudden attacks of severe shooting, sharp or stabbing pain lasting a few seconds to minutes. There is tenderness over the affected area. It is sometimes associated with decreased sensation or tingling/numbness in the affected area. The pain can occasionally spread to the frontal areas of the head and around the eye as well, but the primary focus is in the back of the head.