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.

8 Dos and Don'ts for Opioid Safety

These tips will help protect the person for whom the medication is prescribed, but it will also go a long way in helping to prevent prescription drug abuse.
Karen Lee Richards

Are You an Artist in Pain?

The PAIN Exhibit is seeking art about chronic pain.** PAIN Exhibit, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art and to give a voice to the many who suffer in s...
Karen Lee Richards

Does the Movie "Identity Thief" Make Fun of Fibromyalgia?

It was recently brought to my attention that fibromyalgia plays a role in the movie Identity Thief starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. The question is - does the movie ridicule the diagnosis and demean people who have it or is it used approp...
Karen Lee Richards

Finally! A Diagnostic Blood Test for Fibromyalgia

Quite frankly, I wasn’t sure I would ever have the opportunity to write about an actual laboratory test for fibromyalgia in my lifetime. But before I organize a parade to celebrate, I have a few questions that are as yet unanswered. The test–called t...
Karen Lee Richards

Are Cymbalta and Savella Helpful or Harmful for Fibromyalgia?

Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran) were the second and third medications to receive FDA approval for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Both are serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). According to a new review published in ...
Karen Lee Richards