Latest by Karen Lee Richards

Which Is Worse - Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a friend who has ME/CFS. He included this humorous question and answer exchange: Q: Which is worse - fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome? A: Whichever one you have. Of course, I laughed. But since I’ve b...

Congress Drops Efforts to Add Tighter Controls on Painkillers

Good news for chronic pain patients–for now at least. Last month the Senate passed a bill reauthorizing user fees for the FDA, which also included new, tougher restrictions for opioid pain medications containing hydrocodone like Vicodin and Lortab. H...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Certain Types of Cancer

A new study, published online last week by the journal Cancer, found that patients with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis aka chronic fatigue syndrome) have an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer later in life - most notably non-Hodg...

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Is May 12

Although May 12 may be best known as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, it is actually the Awareness Day for a number of neuro-immune disorders, including: Fibromyalgia (FM) Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Gulf War Syndrome (GW...

TMJ Survey Yields Valuable Insights Into Condition, Sufferers

The TMJ Association, Ltd. has released the results of an extensive survey they conduceted with 1,511 people living with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD). The goal for this survey was, "…to provide patients, providers, and scientists with ...

10 Tips for Starting a Support Group

The number one reason people give for not wanting to go to a support group is the perception that it’s just a bunch of people getting together to whine and complain. While members need to be able to bring up problems, you always need to bring the foc...

Tips for Improving Relationships with Pain

Chronic pain tends to impose limits on what you can do. When you were healthy and active, you could juggle lots of friends, but now you’re probably finding that you need to focus your limited time and energy on a few close friends.

10 Tips for Holiday Shopping with Chronic Pain

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The key is planning ahead. Here are 10 tips to help make your holiday shopping more pleasant and less painful.

10 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

The holiday season tends to be stressful for everyone, but the stress can be magnified when you’re in chronic pain. Since stress tends to increase pain, it’s important to plan ahead and do whatever you can to reduce your stress during the holidays.

What You Didn't Know About Pain Meds

Many pain medications contain both an opioid (like hydrocodone or oxycodone) and acetaminophen (commonly known by its brand name Tylenol). The purpose of combining acetaminophen with an opioid analgesic is to increase the effectiveness of the opioid.