Occipital neuralgia presents with piercing, throbbing, or electric-shock-like chronic pain
in the upper neck
, back of the head
, and behind the ears. The pain
is caused by irritation or injury to the nerves, which can be the result of trauma to the back of the head or pinching of the nerves by overly tight neck muscles. Frequent lengthy periods of keeping the head in a downward and forward position such as in your case, is a risk factor for occipital neuralgia.