Karen Lee Richards, Patient Expert

Karen is the co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. She wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.

Could Fibromyalgia Be Caused by a Virus?

Credit: Thinkstock 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 cen...
Karen Lee Richards

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...
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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...
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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...
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Pain Medication Use Agreements: Understand What You're Signing

Credit: Thinkstock 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 pai...
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FDA Approves First Generic Versions of Cymbalta

Credit: Thinkstock 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 neuro...
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Alcohol as Fibromyalgia Treatment?

Credit: Thinkstock 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 as...
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My Fibromyalgia Healing Journey - The First Steps

Credit: Thinkstock 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 ...
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