Chocolate and Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away

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Jennette Fulda went to bed on February 17, 2008, with a headache, and more than three years later, it still hasn’t gone away. Yes, she’s tried everything: intravenous drugs, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, subliminal messaging, marijuana (for medical purposes only), heavy drinking (which just made it hurt more), and lots and lots of chocolate. A pint of ice cream makes her feel better, but her insurance doesn’t cover mint chocolate chip.

In this painfully honest, smart, ...

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Overview

Jennette Fulda went to bed on February 17, 2008, with a headache, and more than three years later, it still hasn’t gone away. Yes, she’s tried everything: intravenous drugs, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, subliminal messaging, marijuana (for medical purposes only), heavy drinking (which just made it hurt more), and lots and lots of chocolate. A pint of ice cream makes her feel better, but her insurance doesn’t cover mint chocolate chip.

In this painfully honest, smart, and funny memoir, the popular PastaQueen.com blogger who chronicled her nearly two hundred pound weight loss in Half-Assed shares her incredible journey to find relief from a chronic headache. As she visits countless doctors, indulges all manner of unsolicited advice from the Internet, and investigates every possible cause, from a brain tumor to a dead twin living in her brain, Jennette considers what it means to suffer, how to live with pain, and why the best treatment might be the simplest: laughter.

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Many of us have had headaches that just won't go away, but Jennette Fulda had the real thing. When she went to bed on February 17th, 2008, she hoped that her new headache would go away; three years and counting later, it still hasn't. Since then, Fulda has consulted numerous doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists, liquor stores, and ice cream vendors to cure her chronic head pain, but nothing seems to work, at least permanently. In Chocolate & Vicodin, the author who gave us Half-Assed returns with a personal story about a health complaint raised to the nth degree. A paperback original; editor's recommendation.

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In this lively memoir, Indianapolis resident Fulda (Half-Assed) explains how a health crisis took over her life for a year. At age 27, a chronic headache sent her to countless medical professionals, from neurologists to acupuncturists, only to be given diagnoses as varied as venous angioma, depression, a heart murmur, and scoliosis. Yet no treatment alleviated her pain, not even a slew of drugs. Fulda began blogging about her condition and received some well-meaning advice from her readers, from the way-out to the entirely reasonable (e.g., one writer suggested the headache was due to the halo caused by a supernatural spirit; another recommended eliminating from her diet sodas and artificial sweeteners). Mostly, however, Fulda just felt lousy and listless, trying to stay at her job as a Web designer and not overeat—the only course of action that gave her some relief. Was the electromagnetic field from the computer to blame, or the lack of a boyfriend? She would never know, even as she spends a good ,000 on medical care. In the end, her story is entertaining if anticlimactic, as the headaches vanished as mysteriously as they'd appeared. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Fulda, a popular blogger and author of Half Assed, which detailed her almost 200-pound weight loss, describes her life with a constant headache. The unrelenting headache resists all treatments, and the retelling of her medical odyssey is good-natured. Most amusing are the myriad cures suggested by her blog readers and just about anyone Fulda meets along the way. The truce she declares with her condition is impressive and may provide encouragement for anyone dealing with chronic pain.What I Am Telling My Friends Fulda lives in a no-whine zone and is pretty straightforward about not being a martyr. She seems as if she would be fun to meet; I want to tell her how deep breathing and Vitamin D could help her feel better. . —"Memoir Short Takes", Booksmack!, 12/16/10.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439182024
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 988,507
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Chocolate and Vioctin

    Book gave me a headache . Don't waste your money

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

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    Good Memoir

    This book was an okay read for me. It deals with the author's bout with a headache that won't go away (and we're talking months and months and months here). There are some quirky moments in the book and the author obviously has a great sense of humor hence the title. But, I was starting to develop a headache myself toward the end. And, speaking of the end, there's no big, climactic ending to her long suffering. But, if you typically like humorous memoirs then you'll probably enjoy. :)

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