Your Migraine Pain: What to Do When Nothing Works

Your migraine pain is getting worse and nothing is helping! What can you do?

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Migraine pain that doesn’t seem to respond to treatment is a common scenario among many migraine sufferers. One thing to revisit is whether you are actually having a migraine. What do I mean?

There are other conditions that can have the same or similar symptoms to migraines. Plus it’s very common for headaches to change over time. Also one big problem with migraine management is that head pain can often be misdiagnosed. Up to 50% of migraine sufferers are not even diagnosed!

So in this post we’ll consider one possible answer for head pain that doesn’t respond to treatment.

You may have occipital neuralgia.


If you have head pain at the base of your head or behind your eyes and you haven’t found relief with medication, you may be suffering from this condition. What is it?

  • chronic headaches
  • dental pain
  • dizziness
  • vertigo
  • migraine symptoms
  • sharp, shooting pain at the base of the skull
  • pain behind the eye
  • blurry vision
  • light sensitivity
  • scalp tenderness
  • neck pain

As you can see from the above list, some of the symptoms can be quite similar to migraine headaches. So this condition is often misdiagnosed as migraine or headache pain.  What causes it?

  • injury from an accident
  • tight neck muscles
  • compression of nerves in the neck
  • overuse of muscles

So what can you do if you think you suffer from occipital neuralgia? First you want to consult with your doctor and see what he/she thinks about this possibility. Also consider the following therapies that can offer some relief.

  1. Look at your diet. This can be the first place to consider since your diet has so much to do with how you feel. Those suffering from this type of head pain may be deficient in certain nutrients. Try this:
    1. Get your B12 levels tested and if needed supplement with B12.
    2. Add omega 3s to your diet. You can try fish oils or flax seed oil as a supplement.
    3. Stay hydrated
    4. Eat fresh and unprocessed foods
    5. Reduce your sugar intake
    6. Add magnesium to your diet through supplements or try magnesium oil
  2. Relax! Try different relaxation techniques, especially for painful neck and shoulder muscles. Try:
    1. Using heat.
    2. Stretching
    3. Massage
    4. Cranial osteopathy
  3. Try NSAIDs (non-steriod anti-inflammatories) for acute cases
  4. Try topical anti-inflammatory medications for nerve pain
  5. Acupunture, physical therapy and chiropractic care can be helpful
  6. Talk to your doctor about occipital nerve blocks which can bring longer lasting relief.
  7. Talk to your doctor about botox, which can also bring longer term relief to nerve pain.

This is just one possibility to consider when try to manage head pain that doesn’t seem to respond to treatment. As always finding a good doctor can be of great help in helping you find the root cause of your pain. Download my FREE guide to finding a good doctor

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