Latest by Karen Lee Richards

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...

New Abuse-Resistant Oxycodone Gets FDA Approval

Yesterday Pfizer, Inc. and Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced they had received marketing approval from the FDA for Oxecta, a new abuse-resistant formulation of immediate-release oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic used for the management ...

Drug Testing for Chronic Pain Medications: When the Results Are Wrong

Although drug testing is generally fairly accurate, it is not foolproof. There are times when the results of a drug test may be wrong. This can be a major problem for chronic pain patients whose continued treatment may depend on the accuracy of drug ...

Therapain Plus - Natural Pain Relief Spray: A Product Review

A couple of months ago a supplement company that I do some writing for sent me a bottle of Therapain Plus ® to try because they wanted me to research and write about it. I was happy to try it but skeptical about how well it might work. In my experien...

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia: An Interview with RA Expert Lene Andersen

Today, May 12, 2011 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and the month of May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. In honor of those two occasions and because a number of our community members are living with both fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arth...