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Non- muscular and non- headache pain of the face and head can be caused by anything that causes neuralgia which includes viral infection (e.g.post herpetic neuralgia).

Along with motor innervations of the jaw muscles, the trigeminal nerve supplies sensory innervations to the skin of the face most of the head. The back of the head is innervated by cervical nerves coming of the spinal column. 

"The head pain system is in two parts. The front two thirds of the head and the face send pain signals to the brain through the trigeminal nerves to the trigeminal caudal nucleus, a long, thin stripe of cells in the posterior brain stem. The back one third of the head and the neck send pain signals through cervical roots 1–4 into a similar nucleus in the posterior cervical cord."


More info on face pain. 

The following is from: http://www.lzbwg.com

"Face Pain – Causes and SymptomsFace Pain"My face hurts!" "Yeah, well, it's killin' ME." While this may be a snappy comeback for a stand-up comedian, it's not so funny if you are among the millions of Americans who suffer from aches and pain in your face, forehead, or jaw. If you can rule out a facial injury, tension headache, and even depression as a cause of the pain, you still have a long list to choose from.Face pain falls under three main categories: nerve disorders, referred pain, and infection.Nerve disordersIt's time to see your doctor if you have face pain and:Intense, pounding headache on one or both sides of your head Scalp tenderness Swelling, soreness, and lumps along the temporal artery (blood vessel in the temple)Vision loss — from partial to complete blindness Low fever Loss of appetite Aching muscles and fatigueBecause many of these symptoms resemble the flu, sufferers may not go to their doctor right away, but if you are over 50, you must get medical attention immediately. You may have temporal arteritis or polymyalgia rheumatica, similar dis­eases that inflame the arteries over the temple. You can go blind if you don't get treatment.Ache In or near one ear Total or partial paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face Drooping eyelid and mouth on the affected side No expression on affected side of the face Loss of sense of taste Change in hearing Uncontrolled tearing and inability to close the affected eyeThese symptoms indicate you may be suf­fering from Bell's palsy, an upsetting but not life-threatening condition. Bell's palsy strikes when a facial nerve swells, probably from a viral infection, and stops working properly. This condition Effects of can be treated, so see your doctor.Intense, stabbing pain on one side of the face, affecting the cheek, lips, gums, or chin Pain lasts a few seconds to several minutes and becomes more frequent over time Triggers for the pain can be chewing, washing, brushing teeth, touching, shaving, drinking, talking, or even a breeze These unusual symptoms could mean you suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, or tic douloureux, which means "painful twitch." This disorder affects the trigeminal nerve that controls the face, teeth, mouth, nose, and jaw. There is no known cause for this nerve damage, but a doctor can treat the pain and decide if you need to see a neurologist.Referred pain It's time to see your doctor if you have face pain and:Crushing pain in the middle of the chest Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, teeth, jaw, back, or arms Fatigue Lightheadedness, faintness, and shortness of breath Sweating Nausea FeverIf you have these signs, you may be having a heart attack. Although the symptoms can range from mild to severe, you should not hesitate in getting immediate medical attention.Heavy tightness, aching, burning, or squeezing in the chest or between shoulder blades Difficulty breathing, or choking feeling Pain may spread to jaw or teeth Left arm, hand, shoulder, or elbow aches, tingles, or feels numb and heavy Pale face and sweaty browThese symptoms could mean you are suffering from angina pectoris. You have an angina attack when your heart does not get enough oxygen, usu­ally because of coronary heart disease. This is not a heart attack. See your doctor immediately, how­ever, and consider the attack a warning sign — you are at risk of a heart attack.Headache Soreness in jaw muscles Clicking or popping noises when opening or clos­ing your mouth Jaw pain when yawning Difficulty opening your mouth completely Jaws that lock open or closedThese symptoms could be caused by temporo­mandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), a spasm of the jaw muscles. Bad habits, such as clenching or grinding your teeth, emotional stress, injury, and even an incorrect alignment of your teeth can cause TMJ.Sudden and intense pain in and around your eyes Nausea and vomiting Foggy or blurred vision Halos around lights Eye redness Dilated or enlarged pupilAcute glaucoma is a rare but serious condition. See your doctor immediately.Infections Tit's time to see your doctor if you have face pain and:A stuffy nose with a green-yellow discharge Tension, fullness, pain, or pressure in your face and head Loss of sense of smell Fever and chills Cough and sore throatYour sinuses are air-filled pockets and passage­ways in the bones around your nose that connect your nose, eyes, and ears. When your sinuses become irritated and inflamed by allergies, pollu­tion, smoke, or a viral infection, you can develop y sinusitis.Ache or throbbing pain in a tooth Swollen, red, and sore gum around tooth Swollen and tender glands in neck and side of face Earache Fever Bad-tasting discharge in your mouthBacteria sometimes reach the nerves and blood vessels inside a tooth, or the area between the teeth and gums, causing an infection. If this infec­tion spreads into the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth, an abscess develops. See your dentist as soon as possible.Fever and chills Several days of skin sensitivity or tingling along one nerve path anywhere on the face or body Burning or shooting pain along the affected nerve. Bistery, red, itchy rash which turns dry and crusty after a few days. These are the symptoms of herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles."