Occipital neuralgia

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What is occipital neuralgia?

Occipital neuralgia is a distinct type of headache characterized by piercing, throbbing, or electric-shock-like chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head, and behind the ears, usually on one side of the head.

Common symptoms reported by people with occipital neuralgia

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Treatments taken by people for occipital neuralgia

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Compare treatments taken by people with occipital neuralgia

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Who has occipital neuralgia on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 295 say occipital neuralgia is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 24
30s 69
40s 147
50s 162
60s 65
70+ 40
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 11
20-29 years 42
30-39 years 42
40-49 years 45
50-59 years 17
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 79
Female 434

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 195
Not Diagnosed 12

These charts show data from occipital neuralgia patients who have completed their condition history
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