Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Karen Lee Richards's Posts

Score One for Chronic Pain Patients!

Since the FDA approved Zohydro ER last October, there has been a storm of controversy. Zohydro ER is an extended-release version of the opioid pain reliever hydrocodone.   On the Plus Side   Zohydro ER provides three potential benefits previously unavailable to pain patients in the U.S. It is the first single-entity form of... Read moreChevron

Could Fibromyalgia Be Caused by a Virus?

Fibromyalgia was originally thought to be a rheumatological problem, possibly in the arthritis family, because patients primarily complained of painful muscles. Then more recent research seemed to indicate that it was more of a central nervous system problem involving pain amplification.   But what if fibromyalgia is actually caused by a... Read moreChevron

FREE: Spring Devotion Book for People Coping with Chronic Pain – March 22, 2014

Spring is officially here. To celebrate this season of new beginnings, authors Celeste Cooper and Jeff Miller will be giving away free copies of the Kindle version of their new book Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain, Spring Devotions on March 22, 2014.*   Although this is a Kindle (digital) book, don't worry... Read moreChevron

My Fibromyalgia Healing Journey – The Gluten Issue

Last November, I began telling you about the new journey I embarked on to improve my nutrition and fitness, with the hope of also reducing my fibromyalgia symptoms and improving my overall health.   I began my journey into better nutrition simply by trying to make healthier food choices––substituting foods I was currently eating... Read moreChevron

A Link Between Fibromyalgia and Heart Disease?

A recent study found that fibromyalgia patients may be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease in the future.   Study Design and Results   Scientists in Turkey noted the presence of some common features between fibromyalgia and cardiovascular risk factors (e.g. depression and sleep disturbance), which led them to question whether there... Read moreChevron