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Occipital neuritis

Occipital neuritis, also called posttraumatic neck syndrome, is a pain in the back of the neck area.[1]



The pain is generally caused by trauma in the neck area and/or whiplash of some form. [2] It's not considered an illness on it's on, but generally a symptom of a greater illness.[1]

Because of the overall symptom it is, many things can trigger it. For example shingles, injury, infection, and sometimes even syphilis.[1] Statistically almost everyone will have experienced this to some varying degree sometime throughout there life. At some points it can get even worse (based on the underlying condition) where it gets to the point to where the afflicted person can no longer function properly, or there overall lifestyle is affected. [1]


Some of the noted symptoms are pain, dizzyness, and blurred vision. Other symptoms are sometimes tenderness and spasms of the neck area.[2][1]


There are 2 primary types:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia - This is the type that is most common. This is the type that affects most people, especially in older aged women. It's the most common found in generally populace as well. Another name for this is "Tip Douloureus".[1]
  • Occipital neuralgia - This type is heavily less common, however it's not as brutal as the original type. It is caused by virus's, or trauma and other related things.[1]


The primary treatment of occipital neuritis is treating what is initially causing the problem, which in term will generally illeminate the pain itself. [1] Alternate things can be performed as well, for example surgery, various types of pain medication, and alternate forms of treatment. [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Neuralgia explained. Better Health Channel Victoria (june 2006). Retrieved on 21/10/2007.
  2. ^ a b "posttraumatic neck syndrome". Stedman's Electronic Medical Dictionary. Stedman’s. Retrieved on 21 November 2007. “a syndrome of neck pain, tenderness, and spasm, often associated with ill-defined symptoms (dizziness, blurred vision), resulting from neck trauma, most often of the whiplash variety.Synonym(s): cervical fibrositis, cervical tension syndrome” 
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