Table 7

Characteristics of idiopathic or atypical facial pain

1. SiteDeep non-muscular areas of face, unilateral or bilateral, does not follow nerve distribution
2. RadiationPoor localisation
3. CharacterThrobbing, deep, diffuse, boring, nagging
4. SeverityModerate to severe
5. DurationWeeks to years
6. PeriodicityContinuous, but can have prolonged pain free periods
7. Provoking factorsStress, fatigue
8. Relieving factorsRest, tricyclic drugs
9. Associated factorsAnxiety, depression, other bodily pains