Headaches & Prevention

By: Michael Appleman, CEO

Many burn survivors suffer from headaches during recovery, for years after and for some for the remainder of their lives. Burn survivors suffer from throbbing pain above their eyes and/or their temples. Headache pain can stop a burn survivor from having a productive day and for some a productive life. Some people state that headaches occur without warning and others have informed BSTTW that they have felt the headache coming before the pain takes control.



It is very important to speak with your doctor in order to not only receive the medication that can help gain control of the headaches but to also find out what triggers the headache and how it can be caught before it takes control of your life.

Types of Headaches

Sinus Headaches

Signs of a Sinus Headache approaching are when you feel pressure and fullness in your head or ears. This is followed by pain in your cheekbones and pain across the bridge of your nose.

If you have a Sinus Headache the deep and continuous pain often occurs with symptoms like facial swelling and/or a runny or stuffy nose. Individuals who have seasonal allergies, suffer from head colds, or upper respiratory infections are most prone to suffer from Sinus Headaches.

The best way to escape Sinus Headaches is by handling the allergy and cold symptoms with over-the-counter decongestants, antihistamines, or nasal sprays. You should always talk to your doctor about the medical problems you are suffering from and ask your doctor to request what you should do in order to treat Sinus Headaches.

Tension Headaches

A Tension Headache, or tension-type headache, is usually a long winded headache that causes mild to moderate pain around your forehead or the back of your head. The Tension Headache is the most common type of headache that can last a few minutes to several days. The causes of this a Tension Headache are still not completely understood. Tension Headaches are thought to be caused by muscle contractions around the skull.

Anything that can increase stress can bring on Tension Headache. We all should try to avoid stress but people who suffer from Tension Headaches should avoid high-stress situations and should practice stress relaxation exercises that can be used when life is under a hectic situation.

Everyone should be aware that the more frequent a Tension Headache occurs the more severe the Tension Headache can become. When a chronic Tension Headache arises and can remain for an extended period of time. The pain from a chronic Tension Headache is usually aching and affects the front, top, or sides of the head. Although the pain may differ in intensity throughout the day, the pain is almost always present. Chronic Tension Headache does not affect vision, balance, or strength.

Migraine Headaches

Investigators have found that Migraine Headache is linked to blood-vessel enlargement in the brain. Light sensitivity, vomiting, nausea and blurred or reduced eyesight frequently accompany the throbbing, devastating pain of a Migraine Headache. Pain is often restricted to one side of the head and is concentrated around the eyes and temples. A Migraine Headache can last from four to seventy-two hours.

Migraine Headaches can be activated by irregular lights, food such as cheese or wine, not eating or not resting properly, eating chocolate and processed meats. Occasionally mood changes, fatigue, unusual scents or tastes can happen up to a day before the individual agonizes from a Migraine Headache.

Migraine Headache treated is individualized per person. Everyone must be evaluated for medications, current and past medical issues, and limitations. Many individual who suffer from Migraine Headache may see a dietitian in order to make changes in their diet. They may also see a rehabilitation specialist in order to start an exercise regiment. Their sleep habits may need to be corrected. Many individuals who suffer from Migraine Headache are given medications that if caught early enough the Migraine Headache can be controlled.

It is very important that you see your primary doctor who can held to decide what medications or specialist you should be seeing in order to hopefully get control of the Headache you are suffering from.