Occipital nerve block is a medical procedure that involves
administration of a dose of medication into an area in the back of
your head. It is most frequently used to diagnose and treat a type of
tension headache most likely due to occipital neuralgia or an
irritation of a nerve in the back of one’s head. This treatment has
brought relief to many patients who suffer from pain caused by
occipital tension headaches.
How quickly can I expect pain relief?
Pain relief is usually felt fairly quickly after the injection of
medication. If your doctor uses a local anesthetic followed by a
steroid type of medication, you can expect to feel some initial pain
relief that may then dissipate when the local anesthetic has worn off
(several hours later). You can then expect to feel some additional
pain relief roughly 48 hours later when the steroid medication begins
to take effect.