Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Patient Expert

Lisa Emrich is a patient advocate, accomplished speaker, author of the award-winning blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA, and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers. Lisa uses her experience to educate patients, raise disease awareness, encourage self-advocacy, and support patient-centered research. Lisa frequently works with non-profit organizations and has brought the patient voice to health care conferences and meetings worldwide. Follow Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

What Can Cause Dizziness in MS?

Credit: iStock Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) is enough to make your head spin. The amount of information available regarding MS and its symptoms is downright dizzying. But MS doesn’t just figuratively turn your world topsy-turvy, it ca...
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Why Does MS Make My Legs Hurt?

Credit: iStock Pain is a common symptom that affects people of all walks of life. It can be acute (sudden) or chronic (lasting more than three months). Pain can be a warning signal that you are injured, or it may result from miscommunication between ...
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What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?

Credit: Thinkstock People with multiple sclerosis (MS) have special needs when it comes to physical rehabilitation. Physical therapists who specialize in neurological disorders have the training, skills, and equipment to better assess patient needs a...
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MS Signs & Symptoms: Optic Neuritis

Credit: Thinkstock On a Tuesday morning in March 2000, I woke up to a world that looked like someone had smeared Vaseline jelly on my glasses; I couldn’t see well at all. Not yet diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (my diagnosis wouldn’t come for anoth...
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MS Signs & Symptoms: Loss of Taste or Hypogeusia

Credit: Thinkstock The senses of smell and taste are closely related. Working together they can both alert us to dangers and enhance our enjoyment or dislike of certain foods. Our tongues are covered in thousands of little bumps called taste buds. Th...
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How to Be Your Own Best Advocate

Credit: Thinkstock A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can feel like being shoved into the deep end of the swimming pool while you were fast asleep and being told, “Wake up! It’s time to learn how to swim.” While you find yourself in shock and try...
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My MS and My Bloodhound Nose

Credit: Thinkstock Walking into the kitchen, I stop to ask, “Who got bananas?” My husband replies, “We don’t have any bananas.” But I distinctly smell bananas and now I want one. “I did have some strawberry and banana yogurt earlier today," he s...
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Building Your Best MS Health Care Team

Credit: Thinkstock Building a strong health care team begins with YOU as you recruit team members with the skills and expertise to function in a coordinated way to provide you with the best care. As you work in active partnership with your team membe...
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