Occipital neuralgia is one of the trickier diseases to diagnose, simply because its main symptom is very common. A chronic headache, which is the main symptom of occipital neuralgia, is also main symptom of many other types of diseases. In fact, you could simply just have a normal headache that persists over the course of a few days or weeks, and think that it is something a little bit more severe. This is what makes the disease so hard to diagnose for doctors, but they can do a better job if you do a better job of paying attention to exactly what your symptoms are and exactly when and where you get them.
To help with and occipital neuralgia diagnosis, be sure to note exactly what happens when you get a headache. Not only the time and place, but all of the surrounding factors as well. You need to make note of what you were doing when you got the headache, what you’re eating before you got the headache, and what things in your environment may have caused this headache trigger. Additionally, make sure that you note down exactly where you are feeling the pain in your head. Occipital neuralgia is typically painful in the back of the head and scalp. However, it can also show up in the back of the eye as well as right above the eyebrows, so you need to be extremely diligent in making note of this.
Keep a little journal to help your doctor make a good occipital neuralgia diagnosis. There is nothing that a Dr. appreciates more than a patient who is diligent and meticulous about keeping their own medical records. Believe me when I say that it makes their job 10 to 20 times easier – and it actually improves your medical care as well. Imagine trying to diagnose someone who comes in and just explained a couple symptoms, but doesn’t know when or where they got them. That would be a very hard diagnosis to make.
Contrast that to someone who comes in with a little notebook that has exactly the date, time, place, and location of all of their symptoms. When consulting a medical journal or diagnosis book, it’s going to be a lot easier to match that type of journal to the proper disease. Help your doctor out! After all, they’re there to heal you, so you need to give them the best chance possible of actually doing that job.
In the end, you’re going to want to be both detailed and thorough. This is a good habit to cultivate in your medical life in general, because you’re going to pick up on diseases like occipital neuralgia far before most people would, which gives you the highest range of treatment options. You’ll be able to go with the safe and low risk option because you diagnosed the disease much earlier than the average person.