Latest by Karen Lee Richards

Fibromyalgia in Danger of Being Labeled a Mental Disorder

People who have fibromyalgia, ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), chronic pain and any number of other chronic illnesses are in serious danger of being labeled as having a mental disorder. The 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Me...

The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ)

The Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire was first developed in 1991 by and for researchers who needed an assessment tool that would provide a comprehensive evaluation of the impact fibromyalgia has on a patient’s life. It measures physical functioning, ...

Amitriptyline for fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain: An Assessment

Amitriptyline (once known by the brand name Elavil) is a tricyclic antidepressant that is often prescribed in low doses to treat neuropathic pain. Before there were any FDA-approved drugs to treat fibromyalgia, amitriptyline was also frequently presc...

FDA Alert: Recall of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen 10/500 Tablets

Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, has issued a voluntary nationwide recall for 101 lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg. Bottles from the affected lots may contain tablets that have a higher dosag...

Belly Dancing Can Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain

Exercise is an important component of any fibromyalgia treatment plan. According to a Brazilian study recently published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, belly dancing can be a good exercise option for people with fibromyalgia. ...

Results of Fibromyalgia and Family Impact Survey

Last spring, I invited those of you who have fibromyalgia to participate in a survey about what kind of impact fibromyalgia has had on your relationships with family and friends. I am happy to tell you that the results of that survey have been publis...

Fibromyalgia: How the Brain Processes Pain and Opioids

According to research presented earlier this month at the American College of Rheumatology’s Annual Meeting, the pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia may be caused by a problem with the way pain stimuli are processed in the brain. Abnormal pa...

Fewer Than 5% of People Prescribed Opioids for Chronic Pain Become Addicted

A systematic review, published in the October 2012 issue of the journal Addiction, found that only 4.5% of people who are prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain develop a problem with addiction. Study Design and Results Researchers reviewed 1...

Lyrica and Statin Drugs: A Dangerous Mix?

A case was recently reported of a 70-year-old man who developed rhabdomyolysis after his Lyrica (pregabalin) dosage was increased and he was also given Zocor (simvastatin), a statin drug usually given for high cholesterol. Rhabdomyolysis is the break...

Oxycodone Shortage? Not Exactly

Some chronic pain patients, particularly in Florida, are finding it difficult to fill their oxycodone prescriptions at their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are telling them they don’t have any oxycodone. But is that true? Maybe, maybe not. Technically...