occipital neuralgia. so that explains why migraine treatments never really worked for me.
the headaches i had when i was younger probably were tension headaches, but when i was 14 i was in a car accident where i hit my head on the windshield. that most certainly caused the damage to my occipital nerve. several years later i was in another accident where the car i was riding in was rear-ended by someone driving about 70mph. i didn't hit my head that time but that accident mostly likely caused even more damage.
when i was 16 i had a seizure while waiting in line for the master blaster at schlitterbahn. i had never had a seizure before and went through several tests that summer to try to find a cause for it. we never found out what caused it and i haven't had one since then. i have, however, had at least two transient ischemic attacks. i also had some strange episode when i was in pre-school but i don't really know what that was. i actually have a vague recollection of that day but i have no idea what was happening to me.
so, my head is sort of a mystery. the diagnoses of occipital neuralgia was helpful but the treatments are awful. a cost/benefit analysis of the treatments led me to stop receiving them. and by cost, i mean, the amount of pain it caused me. it is an awful, awful experience. however, i've been having some really terrible headaches recently and i've considered starting the treatments again. ugh, i just don't know. i wish there was an easy solution to this condition that i've been suffering from for so many years.