A side-locked headache is one that occurs most of the time (> 90%) on the same side. Prakash and Rathore outline a number of provocative tests which can help to identify a secondary cause for the headache.




pressure of tooth

dental pain

pressure over tonsillar fossa

enlarged styloid

pressure over eyeball (globe)

ocular inflammation

pressure over supero-medial orbit


pressure over eyebrow

supraorbital neuralgia

tenderness over frontal sinus

frontal sinusitis

tenderness over maxillary sinus

maxillary sinusitis

tenderness over temporal artery

temporal arteritis

pressure over temporomandibular joint

disorder of TMJ

pressure over ear

ear disorder

pressure over occipital nerve

occipital neuralgia

pressure over upper posterior neck

cervicogenic headache


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