Karen Lee Richards

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

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Living With

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.

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Living With

Tips for Exercising With Fibromyalgia

People with fibromyalgia tend to shy away from exercise, but these tips can help you stay fit by developing a pain-free exercise program you actually enjoy.

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Treatment

Important Tips for Surgery with Fibromyalgia

Surgery for fibromyalgia can lead to post-operative flare-ups and long, painful recovery periods, but it doesn't have to be that way — if you follow these tips.

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Living With

10 Things Not to Say to Fibromyalgia Patients

From "I think I have that too" to "that's not a real disease," here are 10 things you should never say to someone with fibromyalgia.

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Symptoms

Top 10 Causes of Fibromyalgia Flares

Learn about the most common causes of fibromyalgia flares so you can prevent pain by avoiding your triggers.

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Symptoms

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Beyond Chronic Pain

If you live with fibromyalgia, chronic pain is just one of the symptoms you may experience. Here are others you should watch for.

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Supplements

Try These Supplements for Fibroymalgia Pain

If you're looking for natural remedies to help control fibromyalgia pain, these supplements can help.

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Living With

Energy-Boosting Supplements For Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia fatigue is a pervasive, all-encompassing exhaustion that can interfere with the most basic daily activities. These supplements can help.

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Symptoms

Is it Fibromyalgia or Something Else?

If you have chronic pain, you might have fibromyalgia, or one of these other conditions. Learn how you can tell them apart.

Worst Fibromyalgia Symptom?

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