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You have developed nerve inflammation or neuralgia.
Lesser occipital nerve supplies the sternocleidomastoid and surrounding areas.
The pain can be sharp and radiating.
This can be caused by viral infection, cervical spine arthritis, herniated disc.
You will need to see a neurologist for further evaluation.
Prescription Gabapentin 300 mg 2-3 times daily will help with such pain.
Your GP can or a neurologist