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Anyone Had Occipital Nerve Surgery?

Has anyone had success with Occipital Nerve Decompression Surgery? I have chronic migraine and also bad occipital nerve pain. Hoping to battle one by getting rid of the other, if possible. What was your experience, good and bad? What's the recovery like? Did it work? Would you do it again? I am considering this surgery and these are my questions. I'm hoping somebody can weigh in with their experience. Thank you.

  1. Hi @Patrika, while you're waiting for response from the community, I thought you might like to browse through the conversation on the site around the surgery Wishing you a gentle day - Warmly, Donna (team member)

    1. Thank you, I will read!

  2. trying to make the decision of whether or not to have surgery done can be very tough. I know what it's like to have to make those types of decisions. Have they tried doing occipital nerve blocks and trigger point injections for you yet? If so how did your body respond? Please keep us posted on your journey toward this possible treatment option. Warmly, Cheryl team

    1. Hi Cheryl, I have had occipital nerve blocks for a few years now. They work for about two weeks-one month and then back to the pain. I also get botox treatments - which last longer, but not much. What are trigger point injections?

    2. I'm glad to hear that you have tried the occipital nerve blocks but sad to hear they didn't have a lasting effect. My husband had them but they only provided relief for him for a couple of days. Once the fast-acting numbing medicine wore off the benefit was gone. Trigger point injections are used to try and relax the painful 'knots' you might feel in your muscles. The tension created from these areas can sometimes be a trigger for your migraine and tension-type headaches. They are no more uncomfortable than the occipital nerve blocks or Botox and the target areas are generally in the neck and shoulder areas. Having the occipital nerve blocks and/or trigger point injections is a good idea I think prior to considering surgery. It's just really important to be having quality discussions with your doctor regarding any type of surgery. Please make sure that all of your questions get answered to your satisfaction before making your final decision. I'll be praying for you that it all goes well with your journey and that you will ultimately find the relief you are desiring! Warmly, Cheryl team

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