Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1439182024
ISBN-10: 1439182027
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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.)
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“Fulda’s biting humor and no-holds-barred honesty keep you turning pages.” —Women’s Health on Half-Assed

“Enter at your own peril. Every time I visit PastaQueen, I simply cannot leave.” —The New York Times

"Read it and be inspired!” —New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster on Half-Assed

"In search of relief from the headache that wouldn't go away, Jennette Fulda shares her grueling journey through the mad, mad world of modern, managed-care medicine.  Smart, unflinchingly honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Chocolate & Vicodin kept me turning the pages, hoping to find her cure on the next one, or maybe the next one."

—Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected

"A humorous and imminently accessible account of one woman's struggle with a headache and the modern American health care system. Anyone with chronic illness will laugh and cry along with Ms. Fulda. All people whose lives are touched by chronic illness should read this book."
—Emily C. Deans, M.D., author of Feeling Better: A 6-Week Mind-Body Program to Ease Your Chronic Symptoms

"Sharply observed, weirdly suspenseful, and refreshingly honest. . . . Fulda is a talented storyteller with a strong, original voice."
--Paula Kamen, author of All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache


Product details

  • File Size: 1589 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043RSJ68
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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