Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Karen Lee Richards's Posts

Help Fight the Stigma of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain – Enter the Live Bold Photo Contest

If you live with fibromyalgia or another chronic pain condition, you're probably all too aware of the stigma that often accompanies these invisible illnesses. People with chronic pain are too often looked upon as being lazy or hypochondriacs because we're not able to do everything we once did. We're labeled as drug seekers simply because we have... Read moreChevron

FDA Supports Medical Marijuana Research

On June 20, 2014, the FDA released a statement indicating its support of research into the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Schedule I drugs are defined as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for... Read moreChevron

Talking to Children About Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

We all know how difficult it can be to try to explain chronic pain to other adults who haven't experienced it themselves. So how much more difficult is it to explain chronic pain to a small child?   Lene Anderson, HealthCentral's Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Guide, delves into that subject in her interview with Elizabeth M. Christy, author of... Read moreChevron

Vacationing with Fibromyalgia: 10 Tips to Make Traveling Less Painful and More Fun

For many of us, summertime means vacation time. Vacation is supposed to be a time when we get away from all the stresses of daily life, relax and just have fun. Unfortunately, the harsh reality of traveling with fibromyalgia is that often, just getting to our destination is so stressful and exhausting, we spend most of our vacation in bed, trying... Read moreChevron

FDA Warns of Rare but Serious Neurologic Problems after Epidural Corticosteroid Injections for Pain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke, paralysis, and death. The FDA is also requiring the addition of a Warning to the drug labels of injectable corticosteroids to... Read moreChevron