Occipital Nerve Block

Well the headache relief saga continues. If you remember, last November I had Radio Frequency Ablation done on the nerves in my neck. As a brief explanation, this procedure burns the nerve endings to break the pain cycle. But my headaches seem to originate in the Occipital nerve on the back of my head. Here is a diagram of the location of the Occipital nerve.

The treatment for headaches from that specific location is an Occipital Nerve Block. So I had that procedure done today. Here is a 3 minute you tube video of what my doctor did today. This video is showing it done on only one side. I had it done on both sides. (If needles make you squimish you might not want to watch the video)

So now we wait. My entire head was numb for most of the afternoon. Imagine how your mouth feels after you finish at the dentist. That’s how my entire head felt.

I’m not sure what is next if this doesn’t work. I’ve had nerve blocks done before (many times). Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. Two years ago when I had the RFA procedure done I got great results. This time the results haven’t been as successful. I’m hoping the combination of the RFA and the nerve block will do the trick.

My Fibromyalgia manifests itself mostly in my upper back, neck and shoulders. My headaches are the result. A daily headache gets old after a while. I can live with it. I’ve lived with a daily headache most of the last 20 years. But I love that my doctor is not satisfied to accept that. He has hope for both of us – which is a good thing because I’ve pretty much accepted that it’s not gonna get better. I’m not trying to be a Debbie-Downer but that is the reality of my feelings.

At any rate, that’s been my day and my newest treatment procedure. I’ll keep you posted on the results. Who knows – maybe this time will be the time it works.



7 thoughts on “Occipital Nerve Block

    • As with any other procedure the relief was short lived. Sometimes the period of relief is is measured in days and sometimes it’s measured in weeks. Here lately if I’ve had any relief at all it’s been only for a few days. But, as you know, just a break in the pain cycle is worth it. Sadly it is attached to such a high price tag – literally. Ugh! If you choose to try this route I hope you get a good result. My answer is not to discourage you. Every procedure for us is like a craps shoot. It might work but it might not. It’s the nature of the beast. I’ll cross my fingers! 🙂

  1. Hi Pam! I just started following your post, so please forgive me if I start asking questions you have already answered elsewhere. Do you ever have bad side effects from the steroids in the nerve blocks?

    • I’m perfectly fine answering any new questions. I didn’t have any negative side effects of the steroids. It all worked perfectly the first time. But as is typical for me the second one wasn’t as effective. Have you already had the procedure done?

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