Latest by Karen Lee Richards

Your Medicine Cabinet Checklist

It is important to clean out and update your medicine cabinet on a regular basis. Here are some tips for doing so.

10 Questions to Ask to Evaluate Your Doctor

Does your doctor routinely interrupt you after one or two sentences, attend to other matters while you are trying to explain your symptoms, or repeatedly ask you questions you’ve already answered?

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition and, not surprisingly, pain is its primary symptom. In fact, the only symptom included in the original diagnostic criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology in 1990 was pain. However, the pro...

10 Causes of Fibromyalgia Flares

A fibromyalgia flare (or flare-up) is a temporary increase in the number and/or intensity of symptoms. Worsening pain and fatigue are generally the first two symptoms noticed in a fibro-flare. But other symptoms like poor sleep, increased cognitive d...

Joint Hypermobility and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is rarely the only diagnosis a person has. Usually someone with fibromyalgia also has one or more comorbid or overlapping conditions, such as ME/CFS, irritable bowel syndrome, restless legs syndrome, Migraines, allergies, etc. One possib...

6 Tips for Improving Relationships with Chronic Pain

Jason Elia, a Nashville TV writer decided to give his girlfriend two extremely nice Christmas gifts - an engagement ring and Super Bowl tickets. Unfortunately, before he had a chance to give them to her, he got two pieces of bad news. First, he was d...

Cannabis Boosts Effect of Opioids for Chronic Pain Relief

A new study, published in the December issue of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, suggests that adding a cannabinoid to opioid therapy may result in greater relief of chronic pain at lower opioid doses. Study Design and Results Twenty-one ind...

Fibromyalgia Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

A new study, to be published in the journal Pain Medicine, found that people with fibromyalgia tended to be deficient in vitamin D. The results also indicated that treatment with high-dose vitamin D3 resulted in significant improvement of most fibrom...

FDA Approves REMS for Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl Meds

Since 2007, the FDA has been discussing and debating the development of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for opioid medications. The purpose of these REMS is to make access to opioid drugs more difficult for drug abusers while still g...

How I Manage My Chronic Pain

I am often asked, What is the best treatment for fibromyalgia? or What is the best pain medication I wish there was an easy answer. The truth is, we are all very different, particularly when it comes to medications and alte...