Latest by Karen Lee Richards

In Memory: Dawn Marcus, MD - Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Researcher

On October 19, 2013, the fibromyalgia and chronic pain community lost a beloved physician, researcher, advocate and author. I lost a friend and colleague. Dawn A. Marcus, MD, was a neurologist, a diplomate of the American Board of Neurology and Psych...

FDA Approves Zohydro ER for Chronic Pain

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules) for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment and for which alternative treatmen...

Could Antidepressants Make Fibromyalgia Worse?

We know some antidepressants have been studied for fibromyalgia and found to be beneficial. In fact, two of the three medications approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia are SNRI (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) antidep...

FDA Rules on Petition to Restrict Opioid Prescribing: Mostly Good News

Last year a group calling themselves Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) submitted a citizen petition to the FDA with three requests: Strike the term ‘moderate’ from the indication of opioid analgesics for non-cancer pain. Add a maxi...

Danes Redefine Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS as a Mental Disorder

It looks like it’s time for me to climb back up on my soapbox. I recently learned about a story that has left me shocked and outraged. (Note: As the story progresses, you will see how eerily and horribly prophetic their use of the word "capture&...

Study Found Nearly Half of Fibromyalgia Patients Had Nerve Damage

A study from the journal Pain, published in June 2013, reports that almost half of the small group of fibromyalgia patients they tested were found to have damage to nerve fibers in their skin and other evidence of a disease called small-fiber polyneu...

Fibromyalgia Coalition Hosting Health & Healing Retreat - Oct. 18-20

The Fibromyalgia Coalition is a wonderful nonprofit organization whose mission is "to give hope to everyone suffering with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome through extensive research and reporting of natural, proven and effective therap...

Studies Find Damage to Brains of Veterans with Gulf War Illness

Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm of the Gulf War exposed soldiers to nerve agents, pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals. Here’s what’s happened decades later.

Overcoming Fibromyalgia Fatigue - My Personal Experiment

In May, I told you about a small study that found high-dose thiamine improved fibromyalgia symptoms - particularly fatigue and pain. I also told you that I was going to look into it for myself. Today I’d like to share with you what I learned and expe...

Recap: Dr. Oz Show on Fibromyalgia

This past Tuesday (July 23, 2013) the Dr. Oz Show featured a segment on fibromyalgia. If you missed it, you can watch the four-part video series on Dr. Oz’s Website. The title of the episode was "The Disease Doctors Miss Most: Fibromyalgia.&quot...