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Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away Paperback – February 22, 2011
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The book is written in a real yet a humorous manner. I love when she gets snarky at times (mostly in her mind), that is the same way I feel at times and to be able to get that out would be wonderful. Ms. Fulda proves that you can get through it like she does and there are days when you will be down but sometimes you just have to adjust your reality, change your life to suit it and move on. I think this is the core message. Another things I took away - it is normal to feel alone when suffering from something that others can't see. Like she says - it's easy for someone to see you are in pain when you are curled up in a ball, but when you are going on with everyday life the best way you can, then the pain is harder to see (I paraphrase).
I loved this book, I felt like I was talking with a friend when I was reading it and I saw so much of myself while reading it. I would like to thank Ms.Read more ›
Jen Fulda went to bed on February 17, 2008, with a headache. Three years later, it still hasn't gone away. The pain causing her to suffer every day. She sought help from numerous professionals: acupuncturists, chiropractors, neurologists, psychologists, therapy masseuses, etc. They diagnosed her with things that had nothing to do with the headache (heart murmur, scoliosis, and depression). If you had a chronic headache, you'd be depressed too! They gave her drugs, but nothing eased the pain. Oh, how I remember those years of trial-and-error. Taking experimental drugs, staying away from the trigger chocolate, and hoping something worked. I relived those years while reading her journey. Jen Fulda reluctantly blogged about her chronic headache, only to receive unsolicited advice and remedies from followers. Finally she found that laughter and food provided some type of relief.
Her honest, entertaining, and informative writing is refreshing. (And the cover is cute too!) There are times I empathized and times I laughed out loud. It is a must read for anyone who suffers from chronic pain, especially headaches. It is also recommended for loved ones that don't understand what another is going through when diagnosed with an illness or experience chronic pain. There is a great resources section included, which you can also view here. Chocolate & Vicodin is now in my top books because I can relate the most. Good job relaying what headache sufferers go through on a daily basis, Jen.
Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
I really felt like I shared in the highs and lows of pain management after reading this, and the fact that she was able to sit at the keyboard and write the book is all the more impressive after having been witness to her struggles. Definitely a great read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're dealing with migraines/headaches or other chronic pain, this is a great read. It helps you remember that you're not alone, and that other people are going through crazy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alanna Burke
This book kept my heart in my throat through the entire read. I would rapidly read through a chapter, thinking: “Is this the one treatment that will work? Read morePublished 2 months ago by amazonbuyer
Jennette Fulda has already changed her life - from being extremely obese, she went to be more or less normal sized after losing about 200 lbs., mostly for its health benefits. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adi Adler
Good book. Empathetic to the plight of the overweight. Good sense of humor and could be educational for someone going through the same thing.Published 10 months ago by Patsy Jo Kincaid
When I purchased this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, the title interested me, since I suffer from this illness and have been searching for relief. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Harriet W. Berg
I read Jennette's story of her 200# weight loss--HALF-ASSED and just had to read her next book. Notice that I refer to her by her first name, for her writing is such that I feel... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Susie Norris
As a young woman with chronic illness I REALLY appreciate this honest, funny, real story. Finally I can read about someone who understands my life. Kudos for how far you've come!Published 18 months ago by Jenn Wood
I read this book within the first year of getting my migraine. This book made me feel human again. To know that there are others out there experiencing the same torment, makes you... Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Tabitha Buono
I bought this book because I was a fan of Ms Fulda's previous book, Half Assed. I found myself relating to her story more than I expected. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Darlene P.