Latest by Karen Lee Richards

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...

What a Doctor Would Say to Someone in Pain

As chronic pain patients, we often get frustrated and even angry with doctors. We just want a doctor who will understand how much pain we’re in and will try to help us get some relief. But sometimes doctors seem like they’d rather not be bothered wit...

Psychiatrists Admit Fibromyalgia is Neuropathic - Not a Form of Depression

I have long been frustrated by how many studies are conducted by the psychiatric community trying to show that fibromyalgia is an emotional problem or a form of depression. While that may have been understandable 25 years ago when very little was kno...

Important Survey Addressing Your Right to Pain Medication

If you take opioid pain medications, you’ll want to read the following letter from Jan Chambers, President and Founder of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, inviting you to take part in a survey regarding your ability to get yo...

Breakthrough Fibromyalgia Discovery

A new study has revealed that we may hold the key to understanding fibromyalgia in the palms of our hands - literally Published in the June issue of the journal Pain Medicine, the study details the first physically detectable pathology providing a lo...

Study Finds High-Dose Thiamine Improves Fibromyalgia Symptoms

A small study recently published in BMJ Case Reports reported some rather remarkable results using high doses of thiamine (vitamin B1) to treat fibromyalgia. The Story Behind the Study In June 2010, a group of Italian researchers noticed that the fat...

New Canadian Guidelines for Diagnosing and Treating Fibromyalgia

For the first time, researchers in Canada have published a set of guidelines to help family physicians with the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia. The new guidelines, which are laid out in a clear, easily understandable format on the National G...

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Banning Vicodin and Percocet

An FDA advisory panel recently recommended banning Vicodin and Percocet – two of the most popular painkiller available – due to concerns about the amount of acetaminophen in the drugs. Karen Lee Richards discusses the recommendation.

Proposed New Screening Tool Identifies Likely Fibromyalgia Patients

In recent years, fibromyalgia experts have been trying to develop new and better ways to accurately diagnose fibromyalgia as quickly and easily as possible. The original diagnostic criteria, established by the ACR in 1990, relied on a single symptom ...

8 Dos and Don'ts for Opioid Safety

Practicing opioid safety will not only help protect the person for whom the medication is prescribed, but it will also go a long way in helping to prevent prescription drug abuse that can affect friends and family.