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Occasionally, patients will describe a transient worsening of their headache, as the occipital nerinjection is made. This is viewed by the physicians as a reassuring sign that the medication is going to the right place, and the sensation usually disappears very quickly. This should then be followed by a pain free interval of several hours. After the local anesthetic has worn off, your headache may return for up to 1 ½ days. After this time, the steroid medication that was also injected for your occipital nerve block, should begin to work and provide you with further pain relief.
Learn more about what to expect with an occipital nerve block:
The occipital nerve block is a well established medical procedure, and is reimbursed by most insurance companies. Any need for preauthorization of services or copayments, depends on your insurance carrier. Our office staff will assist you in obtaining preauthorization whenever possible.