I have exactly the same pain problem from the sound of it. Does it feel like a hot slicing pain in the neck and an irritated nerve running up the back of your skull between the scalp and skull? If so, a nuerologist explained to me that there is amajor nerve( the occipital nerve) that comes out the spine in the cervical area, passes between 2 bands of muscle and then up to the back of the skull. When you have neck arthritis( I do also) the muscles tighten to stabilize the neck, squeezing the occipital nerve. Things that have helped me: capasin cream (this gives a mild sunburn type feel but does relive the more difficult pain), a cream called PharmX Relief(I get this from a naturapathic MD), chiropractic, and I have hydrocodone for the worst days, and noritrypline (an antidepressant: they have found the nerve pathways for pain and depression are the same.) I keep looking for a longer lasting solution. My pain dr., an orthopedist, has suggested a nerve block. Has anyone had experience with that?View Thread
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