Chocolate & Vicodin and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.99
  • Save: $4.34 (22%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In stock but may require an extra 1-2 days to process.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: The cover is like new! May have a remainder mark. Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away Paperback – February 22, 2011


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.65
$3.32 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away + All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache
Price for both: $31.50

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439182027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439182024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Jennette Fulda is a writer, web designer, chronic headache sufferer, weight loss inspiration, blogger, and overall busy person. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Learn more at JennetteFulda.com

She has been featured on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Salon.com, Women's Health, Shape, Runner's World, Glamour and other media outlets. She blogs at JenFul.com and does freelance web design at MakeMyBlogPretty.com

Customer Reviews

To fully enjoy this book, read Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir first.
FLgal
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.
Crystal Fulcher
I highly recommend this book for anyone out there who is suffering from chronic headaches or has loved ones who do.
Abbey Douglas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C Cran on March 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jennette Fulda's well written and poignant account of trying to cure her chronic headache provides real and witty insight into what must have been a difficult time in her life. Fulda uses her blog readers' well-intentioned suggestions about the headache to great comic effect to structure the narrative of this story. Reading this I learnt loads about life with chronic pain and about trying to negotiate the highways and byways of the medical system in the US and more alternative approaches in a quest for pain relief. I can recommend it to anyone who loves a good memoir or who needs to learn about chronic pain. A book about living with a headache could have been boring and painful to read, but Chocolate and Vicodin reads easily and I laughed out loud often as I read about how she set about playing detective on her own body and mind.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Chocolate and Vicodin is a must-read for anyone suffering with chronic pain or those that live with someone with chronic pain. Ms. Fulda will not solve your problems for you but she will make you feel much less alone with your pain and make you smile at the same time. I am honestly afraid of support groups because who wants to be around others complaining. Ms. Fulda is able to explain her situation and all that she goes through without sounding like she's complaining. She just shows you the real side of herself and how she is pulling herself through even though she still does not have a diagnosis. I understand the not-knowing. I can somewhat name my problem, though there is still some gray area to mine as well, but to not know at all has to be tough.

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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Literary Marie on July 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love memoirs. Absolutely love them! So when I saw Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away on the bare shelf of a closing Borders, I immediately grabbed it. It was so meant for me to own. Every time I have a migraine, I have a sinking feeling. What if it won't go away? Well, this book is about a 27-year-old with a chronic headache.

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
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abbey Douglas on May 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
Being a chronic daily headache & migraine sufferer for going on 12 years (I'm not even 30 yet!) I was so glad when I heard about this book. Through out the book, I kept thinking to myself 'That's me!' I've honestly never in my life read anything that I could relate to more than 'Chocolate & Vicodin'. I highly recommend this book for anyone out there who is suffering from chronic headaches or has loved ones who do.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Asaff on March 4, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've followed the author for a long time via her previous book, "Half-Assed", and her blog. I was really curious about the headache she reluctantly blogged about, but I had no real understanding of the havoc chronic pain can wreak on someone's life. Fulda does a great job bringing the reader in to the storm of emotions she felt - I shared her frustration at not being able to find the neat, simple answer we all expect from medical science, and I could completely relate to her hopelessness, and then gradual determination to live her life in spite of the pain. I also got a cringing look into why she begged her readers NOT to send her advice about cures (my favorite was the person who said the headache was caused by spirits living in her head and that's why 17th century paintings depicted people with halos. Um, what?)

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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews