When Your Head Hurts: Trigeminal And Occipital Neuralgia
Interventional pain management
Radiofrequency ablation has a fairly high rate of success in treating different types of neuralgia. This procedure includes cauterizing painful nerves to cut off pain signals. The nerve will most likely heal eventually, which usually means the return of trigeminal or occipital neuralgia pain. However, if successful, the procedure can be repeated.
Injected medications might find success at pain alleviation, too. Nerve block injections typically contain an anesthetic like lidocaine. Some include a steroid, as well, to reduce inflammation. These injections are delivered directly to the affected nerve. Patients who receive nerve block injections often feel relief very quickly. Nerve block injections are also very useful in diagnoses.
Alternative therapies are also helpful at times. Acupuncture is the strategic insertion of thin, sanitized needles to provide pain relief. Chiropractic care can be effective at times, although it’s always a good idea to discuss alternative treatments with a physician before pursuing them.
Another potential alternative treatment is a Botox injection. These injections are most commonly known for their cosmetic uses, because Botox is actually a paralytic toxin. This can be useful for getting rid of facial wrinkles, but it can also block impulses sent along nerves, thereby blocking the pain signals.