What is Occipital Nerve Block?

Category: Procedures

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An occipital nerve block is an injection of a steroid or other medication around the greater and lesser occipital nerves that are located on the back of the head just above the neck area.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 12 8
Cluster headaches 3 2
Headaches 2 1
Pain 2 1
Basilar migraine 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
3
Mild
1
None
10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Occipital Nerve Block

Side effect Patients
Excessive sweating 1
Flashbacks 1
High blood pressure increased 1
Migraine 1
Nausea 1
Nightmares 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Occipital Nerve Block

Dosage Patients
as needed 1
every 8 weeks 1
monthly 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 1
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 0
Not specified 9
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1 patient evaluation for Occipital Nerve Block

Mar 15, 2017 (Started Aug 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for occipital neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Every 3 months

Sep 15, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for occipital neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Every 3 months
Advice & Tips: We have been doing the occipital nerve blocks every 3 months. We attempt to have it timed so it's in between my botox injections. 

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