Latest by Karen Lee Richards

New York Medicaid Changes Restrict Access to Fibromyalgia and Other Medications

I just received a news release indicating that if you live in the state of New York and are on Medicaid, access to your medications may be restricted in less than a week. As a part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign plan, prescription benef...

My Search for a Fibromyalgia-Friendly Bra

This isn’t a subject I would normally discuss in a public forum, yet here I am talking about bras for the second time in six weeks. Last month when I wrote Dressing With Fibromyalgia: Do Your Clothes Cause You Pain? several of you commented that, lik...

FDA Announces Medtronic Pain Pump Recall

On Monday, the FDA announced that Medtronic has issued a Class I recall of their SynchroMed II Implantable Infusion Pump, models 8637-20 and 8637-40, distributed between May 2004 and July 8, 2011. These are the same pumps for which an alert was issue...

Extended-Release Hydrocodone on the Horizon

Last week Zogenix, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that develops products for treating central nervous system disorders and pain, announced positive results from its pivotal Phase 3 efficacy study of Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate) extended-release c...

8 Energy-Boosting Supplements for Fighting Fibromyalgia Fatigue

Fatigue, often extreme fatigue, is a key symptom of fibromyalgia. For many, it can be even more debilitating than the pain. Doctors generally tend to shy away from prescribing medications to treat fatigue. I suspect that’s because most of them are st...

Dressing With Fibromyalgia: Do Your Clothes Cause You Pain?

Fibromyalgia has brought many challenges and limitations into my life, not the least of which is finding clothes that are not painful to wear. The hypersensitivity brought on by fibromyalgia can manifest itself in many forms and may vary with each in...

New Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Unveiled

Last week the Journal of Internal Medicine published "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria" online ahead of the print version. The new criteria was developed by an impressive panel of 26 ME/CFS experts from 13 differ...

Fibromyalgia and Heat Sensitivity

With much of the U.S. experiencing temperatures in the 90 and 100 degree ranges, I thought it would be a good time to talk about how the heat affects many of us with fibromyalgia. Most people with fibromyalgia report having some kind of temperature s...

Guaifenesin for Fibromyalgia: Legitimate Treatment or Snake Oil?

You may have read some amazing stories of people who claim to have had a complete reversal of their fibromyalgia symptoms from taking something called guaifenesin. You may also wonder why it is not prescribed more often if it works so well. For almos...

Recalls Issued for Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Butalbital

Voluntary recalls were issued for specific lots of two opioid pain relievers and one medication for tension headaches. The affected drugs include: Endocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen), 10/325 mg Hydrocodone/acetaminophen, 7.5/500 mg Butalbital/acetamino...