Latest by Karen Lee Richards

Dangerous Opioid Drug Interactions

When it comes to discussions about opioid drugs in the media, they almost always focus on the potential for abuse and addiction. In the chronic pain community, the discussion often centers around how difficult it is to find a doctor who will prescrib...

NSAIDs Reduce Effectiveness of Antidepressants

Researchers at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at The Rockefeller University have published the results of their recent study, which showed that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduced the effectiveness of selective ...

My Personal Quest for Better Sleep

I just finished writing a two-part series of articles on the sleep problems that usually accompany fibromyalgia: The Fibromyalgia Sleep Dilemma - Part I: Identifying the Problem and The Fibromyalgia Sleep Dilemma - Part II: Finding Solutions I really ...

The Fibromyalgia Sleep Dilemma - Part II: Finding Solutions

The first step in finding a solution to sleep problems with fibromyalgia is understanding what is causing the problem. Please read: The Fibromyalgia Sleep Dilemma - Part I: Identifying the Problem Since more than 75% of people with fibromyalgia have ...

A Comparison of Fibromyalgia Medications

As of this writing, three medications have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia: Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran). Since all three are relatively new drugs, information on how well they work a...

CDC Report Links Opioids in Pregnancy to Increased Risk of Birth Defects

The CDC released the findings of their new study published last week in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology indicating that taking opioid painkillers such as codeine, hydrocodone or oxycodone shortly before or during early pregnancy may ...

Watsu: A Unique Water Therapy for Chronic Pain

Watsu is a unique form of bodywork, unlike any other type of physical therapy or massage therapy you have ever experienced. It has been described as Shiatsu massage performed in warm water. In fact, that’s where the name came from - "Water Shiat...

Lupus: A Comprehensive Overview

Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body. Autoimmune diseases develop when a person’s immune system becomes overactive and is unable to differentiate between foreign invaders and healthy tissue. Instead ...

Fibromyalgia Patients At Increased Risk of Suicide and Accidental Dealth

A study published in the January 2011 issue of Arthritis Care & Research found that although fibromyalgia patients are not at increased risk for mortality, they do have a greater risk of dying by suicide or accident. Researchers compared 8,186 pa...

5 Supplements for Fibromyalgia Pain

The pain of fibromyalgia can be difficult to get under control. For most of us it takes a combination of medication, gentle exercise, complementary/alternative therapies and lifestyle changes to achieve any significant degree of effective pain contro...