What does a pinched nerve headache feel like? Occipital Neuralgia is a condition in which the occipital nerves, the nerves that run through the scalp, are injured or inflamed. This causes headaches that feel like severe piercing, throbbing or shock-like pain in the upper neck, back of the head or behind the ears.
What nerves trigger migraines? TMD and migraine headaches are closely linked by the trigeminal nerve (Cranial Nerve V), which is also responsible for jaw and tooth junctions. Treating TMD frequently helps with migraine headaches by relieving the triggers that set them in motion.
Can migraines be caused by neck problems? A cervicogenic headache is an example of referred pain. It’s a pain in the neck that you feel in your head. People often develop cervicogenic headaches after an injury that causes whiplash or as a result of a pinched nerve in the neck. Arthritis, neck sprains or a neck fracture can also lead to cervicogenic headaches.
How do you treat a pinched nerve headache?
- Medicine: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (aspirin or ibuprofen), muscle relaxers, and other pain relievers may ease the pain.
- Nerve block: This may temporarily relieve pain and help you better work with physical therapy.
- Physical therapy: Stretches and exercises can help.