Latest by Karen Lee Richards

What I Learned About Fibromyalgia...and Life

Fibromyalgia is certainly not an easy illness to treat, but it’s important to stay positive and be open to learning and trying new things. Fibromyalgia is certainly not an easy illness to treat. Everybody responds differently to various treatments - ...

How Exercise Can Reduce Pain

A study determined that the endorphins the body creates during moderate exercise can act as a natural opiate to ease pain. Here’s what the researchers found. READ MORE

Why Fibromyalgia and Alcohol Don't Mix

Drinking during the holidays can be tempting, but doing so might trigger a severe flare or relapse.

New Antiviral Drug for Fibromyalgia?

Could fibromyalgia be caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)? A new drug aimed at treating both HSV-1 and inflammation has shown impressive results.

FDA Approves New Painkiller

The federal government recently approved the first hydrocodone product designed to discourage people from abusing it.

Medical Pot Cuts Opioid Overdoses

A new study has found that opioid overdoses have decreased by 25 percent in states with legalized medical marijuana.

"Fibro-Fog" Doesn't Lead to Alzheimer's

Good news! New research suggests that the forgetfulness and memory losses suffered by some fibromyalgia patients is not related to Alzheimer’s disease.

New Hydrocodone Restrictions

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reclassified hydrocodone combination product, like Vicodin and Lortab.

Tips for Vacationing with Fibromyalgia

Traveling with fibromyalgia can be exhausting and stressful. But with a little pre-planning, your vacation can still be as enjoyable as you want it to be.

FDA Warns Against Corticosteroid Injections

According to a new warning issued by the FDA, injecting corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in serious side effects, including loss of vision, stroke and paralysis.