Pain Management OKC: What causes headaches and how to manage them
Do you suffer from headaches daily? Whether it’s tension headaches, migraines, or headaches that happen on one side only if you get them for 4 hours or longer for at least half of the month for more than 3 months, then you might be suffering from chronic headaches. The constant and relentless pain can be overwhelming, especially when normal, over the counter options fail to offer much relief. If nothing else has worked, it’s possible that your occipital nerves may be the cause of the pain. For this kind of pain, out Pain management OKC specialist offers occipital nerve blocks.
Occipital nerve blocks are a mix of a steroid and a local anesthetic which is injected to reduce swelling and inflammation of the tissue around the occipital nerves. This helps relieve pain in the area around the greater and lesser occipital nerves, which are located on the back of the head just above the neck area.
It’s important to note that not all pain management OKC patients will feel lasting relief from having an occipital nerve block. It’s difficult to predict whether or not the injection will help you or not as, generally speaking, patients who have experienced this pain more recently will experience more relief than those who have has the pain longer. Usually, our pain management OKC doctor uses the first injection as a test as much as a treatment. The first injection will confirm if the occipital nerves are the cause or are otherwise involved in the pain. Otherwise, it will not help and the occipital nerves can be ruled out as part of the pain.
With the odds you may wonder if you should even bother with the treatment, but it’s really a matter of living with pain or trying something that may work. Think of how happy you’d feel to finally shake that constant unbearable pain and get back to living life headache free! As Wayne Gretzky said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
If you suffer from painful, chronic daily headaches and you’ve tried everything else, give an occipital nerve block a chance. Out pain management OKC specialist is available to answer any questions and provide service upon appointment. Just call us at 405-751-0011 and schedule your appointment.