Lisa Emrich

Patient Expert

Living with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid Arthritis, Lisa Emrich is an award-winning, passionate patient advocate, health writer, classical musician, and backroad cyclist. Her stories inspire others to live better and stay active. Lisa is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA, founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers, and MS ambassador for Health Central. Lisa frequently works with organizations in support of better policies, patient-centered research, and research funding.

Conditions Covered:Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity

Latest by Lisa Emrich

How I Rebuilt My Self-Confidence After an MS Diagnosis

An MS diagnosis can easily steal your self-confidence, but it doesn’t have to. With the right perspective and actions, it can also feed your sense of self. Read the insight of someone who has been there.

The Complex Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

People who have RA can experience any of a number of oral problems including dry mouth (xerostomia), methotrexate-induced mouth ulcers, temporomandibular disorders such as TMJ, infection, and periodontal disease (gingivitis and periodontitis).

What Ways Can You Reduce Sensory Overload With MS?

The world can be filled with challenging environments. Sometimes it’s enough to make you feel sick, dizzy, in pain, confused, or exhausted. Here are some tips for reducing sensory overload.

Can Folic Acid be The Cure to Your Methotrexate Side Effects?

In the world of rheumatoid arthritis, the subject of folic acid is forever tied to methotrexate. A discussion of one is incomplete without the other. This is because folic acid is said to aid against the side effects of methotrexate. But does it work...

11 Tips for Traveling With MS

Use these tips for travelling with multiple sclerosis (MS) that will help you with the planning and logistics of your next big summer trip.

RA and Sex: Could Estrogen Levels or Methotrexate Affect Your Sex Life?

When you think of rheumatoid arthritis, you might picture swollen joints, stiffness, pain, deformity, and a lifetime of medications and doctors’ visits. Do you ever think of sex?

MS Safety Tips for the Shower

If you live with MS, you know that getting clean can come with some risks. Learn tips for avoiding danger in the shower.

What to Do When Your MS Warning Alarm Sounds

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can be highly unpredictable, so it is important to develop your own MS early warning alert system. Learn how to spot the early warning signs of an MS relapse.

Sure, It's Not Cancer, But I'm Still Sick

How many times have you heard someone say: “At least it’s not cancer,” to console a friend? Have you ever said this to someone with a chronic condition? We need to respect all illnesses and not compete.

The Best Ways To Support Your Friend Living With MS

Have a friend with a serious condition, but you are at a loss of what you can do to help? Here are suggestions from members of the MS community.