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Pain in the face, obviously.
Clinical and Associated Features
Facial pain. Usually the location is a good clue - dental abscesses are more likely to hurt around the jaw, whereas giant cell arteritis is less likely on the chin.
- Trauma - head injuries can cause pain in the face, especially with broken cheek bones, etc.
- Sinusitis - a very sharp pain, often behind the eyes, or the cheeks.
- Dental abscess - generally accompanied with toothache.
- Temporal arteritis - An important cause that can lead to blindness and even death! Identified by the side of the head being tender to the touch.
- Trigeminal neuralgia - A sharp stabbing pain caused by the trigeminal nerve being homophobic. Can last for days, or have repeat daily episodes or the like.
- Tempero-mandibular joint disorder - Painful inflammation of the jaw joint, causing flare ups. Rarely chronic, often related to stress, many people have symptoms at some point in life.
- Glaucoma, or other eye problems - Can cause eye pain in closed angle glaucoma.