Latest by Karen Lee Richards

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.

Your Medicine Cabinet Checklist

It is important to clean out and update your medicine cabinet on a regular basis. Here are some tips for doing so.

10 Questions to Ask to Evaluate Your Doctor

Does your doctor routinely interrupt you after one or two sentences, attend to other matters while you are trying to explain your symptoms, or repeatedly ask you questions you’ve already answered?

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition and, not surprisingly, pain is its primary symptom. In fact, the only symptom included in the original diagnostic criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology in 1990 was pain. However, the pro...