A year ago I sustained a head injury after being assaulted by an ex-boyfriend. I was struck with the bottom of his open palm to the middle of my lower forehead.

I have suffered with severe debilitating migraines, nausea, light-headedness, dizzy spells, sensitivity to light, noise and smells. I have difficulty with speech when I am tired and tend to slur my words. My entire face, skull, head and temples throb unbearably during a migraine. I’ve tried physiotherapy, chiropractor, massage therapy, cranial sacral treatments, acupuncture, exercise, rest and healthy diet. I have a lot of trouble driving in the dark and am easily distracted when driving, also very nervous. I’m always afraid that my ex will come back to harm or kill me. I’ve been off work for the past year and am only now attempting a return to work.

The migraines have increased in frequency and the level of pain is always plus 10. [Tweet this.] I’ve tried many medicinal prescriptions and vitamins. Nothing helps. I’ve had MRI’s, CAT scans, X-rays, injections to the back of my skull to numb the area, and no bleed to the brain or concussion could be detected. My doctor did diagnose concussion the morning after I was struck when I was in unbearable pain and had vomited during the night.

I have been told that I need to learn to live with my head injury. To be honest, I don’t know how I can. I can barely function, and my gradual return to work has been extremely challenging and frustrating as I try to relearn a lot of what I used to do without thinking.