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Can occipital neuralgia also cause muscle weakness. arms hands legs etc.?

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Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
No: no
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 16 years experience
No: Occipital neuralgia is irritation of a superficial nerve. It would not at all affect other parts of the body. Weakness in the arms, hands, and legs could come from many different causes- work-up with a physiatrist or neurologist should be done as soon as possible in order to not lose function.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Sensory nerve solely: Greater and lesser occipital nerves provide sensation behind the ears bilaterally, and when injured or inflamed can cause numbness, burning, electrical shocks, and even trigger headaches. Muscle weakness involves motor connections and distinctly needs its own focal evaluation.

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Last updated Feb 14, 2021

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