Latest by Karen Lee Richards

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...

Need-to-Know Facts About Supplements

As people become more dissatisfied with the medical care they are receiving, they are turning more and more to complementary and alternative treatments like dietary supplements. I’m a big believer in supplements and take several myself. But if you ta...

Costochondritis - A Common Cause of Chest Pain

Chest pain is one of the scariest symptoms a person can have because the first thing we usually think of is a heart attack. Of course, any new chest pain should be considered a medical emergency and checked out right away. But once a heart problem ha...

FDA Limits Acetaminophen Dosage in Prescription Meds

Yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is asking manufacturers of prescription combination products that contain acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 mg (milligrams) in each tablet or capsu...

After the Diagnosis: Facing Life With Fibromyalgia

Do you remember how you felt when you first heard your fibromyalgia diagnosis? Fear? Confusion? Relief is also a common first reaction.

Uninsured or Underinsured? Where to Find Help

In these difficult economic times, more and more of us are finding ourselves without health insurance. And even those who still have insurance are finding their deductibles and co-pays increasing. For that reason, I have put together a collection of ...

Furry Friends and Fibro Flares

Some of you may remember a SharePost I wrote a couple of months ago called "The Therapeutic Power of Pets" where I introduced you to the four furry friends, who have made me feel a little better and a lot happier for many years. It breaks ...

Rediscovering Arnica Gel - A Natural Topical Pain Reliever

I first came across Arnica gel several years ago in California. While having dinner at the home of one of the NFA board members, I happened to mention that I had been having a lot of pain in my right arm. Karin, our hostess, said she had something th...