Karen Lee Richards

Patient Expert

Karen is the co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. She writes for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.

Conditions Covered:Pain Management, Fibromyalgia

Latest by Karen Lee Richards

You Can Vacation with Chronic Pain

With a little pre-planning, your vacation can still be the enjoyable experience you want it to be, even if you have chronic pain or fibromyalgia.

Tips for Exercising With Fibromyalgia

People with fibromyalgia tend to shy away from exercise because of pain and fatigue, but it is possible to develop a successful exercise program even with fibromyalgia.

Tips for Surgery with Fibromyalgia

It may take longer for people with fibromyalgia to recover after surgery, but these steps can reduce pain and minimize severe flare risks.

Top Things NOT to Say to a Fibromyalgia Patient

Fibromyalgia awareness has come a long way, but that doesn’t stop people from making insensitive comments.

Top Causes of Fibromyalgia Flares

The best way to prevent fibromyalgia flares is to identify what causes them and, when possible, try to avoid the circumstances that trigger them. Here are some common triggers.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness characterized by widespread pain, general fatigue and sleep disturbances.

Try These Supplements for Fibroymalgia Pain

Most people with fibromyalgia need a combination of medication, gentle exercise, complementary/alternative therapies and lifestyle changes to achieve effective pain control.

Energy-Boosting Supplements to Fight Fibromyalgia Fatigue

Fatigue associated with fibromyalgia is a pervasive, all-encompassing exhaustion that can interfere with the most basic daily activities. These supplements may help.

Is it Fibromyalgia or Something Else?

It’s not unusual for fibromyalgia to be misdiagnosed as another condition, since many symptoms of fibromyalgia are very similar to those of other illnesses, including chronic fatigue syndrome and lupus. Here’s what to watch for.

Worst Fibromyalgia Symptom?

Fibromyalgia has many symptoms, most of which are painful. But which symptom most prevents you from participating in daily activities?