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Occipital Nerve Injections

A migraine sufferer since my divorce over 30 yrs ago I believe stress induced. I have Gastric (indigestion problems) too, where I do not absorb certain vits and nutrients and am in process of sorting that out. Have been given an 8 wk course of Omperazole. I have always believed my migraines were connected with my indigestion problems via stress/emotions. Now I know to eat little and often and chew food extremely well. I am always last to finish my meal.

Somebody mentioned they were going to try Occipital nerve injections. I have had them done twice now on the NHS and after about three weeks they seem to have kicked in and I have found them very helpful. My migraines are mostly less frequent and severe. I was in bed for around 3/4 days each time I got one. Now if I’m lucky can go to bed and shrug off after a few hours sleep or just in bed for one night. I have been diagnosed with FM, under active thyroid, I have aches and pains all over my body, mostly muscular. My headaches start with shoulders, neck muscle spasms and then a violent migraine follows. I have a brilliant friend who is a physio and she presses on 20 pressure points around the occipital nerve area of my scalp, very hard to the count of 10 on each point I have 200 presses, the pain is quite bad and makes my eyes water but I do believe it really helps release stress in the muscles of my scalp. My scalp is so sore sometimes, I cannot comb my hair and have to cancel the hairdresser often. If you haven’t tried occipital nerve, shoulder and neck injections, I would certainly give it a go, you have nothing to lose. You have to be referred by your GP ….To a pain clinic at a hospital where these injections are carried out. They are done in there with a little sedation. Pills do not work for me at all,as my stomach doesn’t absorb them, hence this was my last hope. I don’t fancy Botox (YET!!!!!!) good luck.

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  • Tamara
    2 years ago

    Sounds exactly like me!! I do get trigger point injections but unfortunately they only last a day or so for me 🙁

    I get them Done twice a week and they definitely help because it was horrible over Christmas when his clinic was close for a full week.

    Does your doctor use lidocaine as well? He injects 2ml of 2% lidocaine into normally about 6 spots – my jaw seems to have a huge part as well.

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi there Deedeecap,
    Thank you greatly for sharing your story with us! This is wonderful to hear that you are experiencing good results from these treatments and they have brought you some relief! I am sure it took a tremendous amount of time and energy to get to where you are, so I truly hope it continues and may it only improve! 🙂

    PS – love your nutritional tip you shared as well, “eat little and often and chew food extremely well”!

    Appreciate you being part of our community & taking the time to share your personal journey with us.
    Joanna ( Team)

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