Books I’m Reading: Chocolate and Vicodin

Today is  a perfect day to write about Jennette Fulda’s book, Chocolate and Vicodin, because today I have a massive headache.

Most of my headaches are triggered by changes in the weather and barometric pressure and they can last for up to three days.  You don’t want to know me during one of my days-long headaches.  I don’t even want to know me during one of those headaches.

Jennette has a headache that has lasted for several years.  YEARS!!!!  I can’t even imagine what kind of chaos that would create in my life, but Jennette persevered and tried everything she could think of to cure the headache.  Then she wrote a book about it; and it is a freaking hilarious book.

I first heard about Jennette and her headache when she was interviewed by Carla and Shauna at Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone.  I feel silly admitting this, but as much as I wanted to read her book when I heard her interview, I was actually scared that just reading about a massive headache would trigger a headache for me.  I know, silly, but never underestimate the power of suggestion.

If you have ever dealt with chronic pain, or just a really big headache, this book is worth reading.  Here is what the publisher has to say about the book.

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 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.

Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn’t Go Away

You can also visit Jennette over at her brand new blog JenFul!  Happy Reading Everyone!

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