Karen Lee Richards, Patient Expert

Karen is the Co-Founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. She wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.

Alcohol as Fibromyalgia Treatment?

Credit: Thinkstock A recent study published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy suggests that alcohol consumption may be an alternative treatment for fibromyalgia. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston examined the as...
Karen Lee Richards

My Fibromyalgia Healing Journey - The First Steps

Credit: Thinkstock I have recently set out on a new journey, which I hope will ultimately lead to significant improvement in my fibromyalgia symptoms and better overall health. I’d like to invite you to come along for the ride. Each month I’ll share ...
Karen Lee Richards

FDA Approves Zohydro ER for Chronic Pain

Credit: Thinkstock Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules) for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment and for which a...
Karen Lee Richards

Could Antidepressants Make Fibromyalgia Worse?

Credit: Thinkstock We know some antidepressants have been studied for fibromyalgia and found to be beneficial. In fact, two of the three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia are SNRI (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake ...
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Danes Redefine Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS as a Mental Disorder

It looks like it’s time for me to climb back up on my soapbox. I recently learned about a story that has left me shocked and outraged. (Note: As the story progresses, you will see how eerily and horribly prophetic their use of the word "capture&...
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Could Cats Have the Purrfect Therapy for Chronic Pain?

Credit: Thinkstock While watching a show about cats recently, one brief statement caught my attention: "Studies have found that the harmonic frequency of purring actually promotes healing." As both a cat lover and someone who has several c...
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