Latest by Karen Lee Richards

Could Fibromyalgia Be Caused by a Virus?

Fibromyalgia was originally thought to be a rheumatological problem, possibly in the arthritis family, because patients primarily complained of painful muscles. Then more recent research seemed to indicate that it was more of a central nervous system ...

My Fibromyalgia Healing Journey - The Gluten Issue

Last November, I began telling you about the new journey I embarked on to improve my nutrition and fitness, with the hope of also reducing my fibromyalgia symptoms and improving my overall health. I began my journey into better nutrition simply by tr...

A Link Between Fibromyalgia and Heart Disease?

A recent study found that fibromyalgia patients may be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease in the future. Study Design and Results Scientists in Turkey noted the presence of some common features between fibromyalgia and cardiovascular risk fact...

New Hydrocodone Restrictions Expected: How Will They Affect You?

Hydrocodone, the most commonly prescribed opioid pain-reliever in the U.S., is currently still classified as a Schedule III drug. That means you can fill or refill a prescription that contains hydrocodone for up to six months after the date on the pr...

Metal Allergies: A Fibromyalgia Trigger

A study published in Neuro Endocrinology Letters last November revealed that not only are metal allergies quite common in fibromyalgia patients, but they may also trigger the illness. Study Design and Results The study included 15 female FM patients ...

Pain Medication Use Agreements: Understand What You're Signing

As I’m sure most of you are aware, there is an ever-increasing push by both the government and medical professionals to prevent and control drug abuse. As a result, those of us who have to take opioid medications to control our pain are faced with gr...

My Fibromyalgia Healing Journey - A 3-Pronged Approach

Last month I began telling you about a new journey I set out on to improve my nutrition and fitness - and in the process, hopefully to reduce my fibromyalgia symptoms and improve my overall health. (See "My Fibromyalgia Healing Journey - The Fir...

FDA Approves First Generic Versions of Cymbalta

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules), a prescription medicine used to treat fibromyalgia, chronic musculoskeletal pain, diabetic neuropathy, depression a...

Alcohol as Fibromyalgia Treatment?

A recent study published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy suggests that alcohol consumption may be an alternative treatment for fibromyalgia. Researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston examined the association between a...

My Fibromyalgia Healing Journey - The First Steps

I have recently set out on a new journey, which I hope will ultimately lead to significant improvement in my fibromyalgia symptoms and better overall health. I’d like to invite you to come along for the ride. Each month I’ll share my progress and/or ...