Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich

Patient Advocate

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 and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers. Lisa frequently works with organizations in support of better policies, patient-centered research, and research funding.

Lisa serves on HealthCentral’s Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the MSHealthCentral Facebook page.

Latest Articles by Lisa Emrich

Pharmacist reminding patient of drug interactions.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Antibiotics and Methotrexate Don't Mix

It is very important to avoid taking antibiotics and methotrexate at the same time for these two reasons.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia?

In my previous post, Can I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus?, I introduced the topic of comorbidity. Diseases are called comorbid when they exist at the same time and independently within the same patient. With the increasing interest in the field ...

Woman experiencing shortness of breath.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can RA Cause Shortness of Breath?

Joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and hoarseness and shortness of breath? Yes! RA can affect the smaller joints in the head and neck.

Woman trying to rub numbness out of hand.
Multiple Sclerosis

Beginner's Guide to Multiple Sclerosis

There are many possible causes of numb fingers in people with multiple sclerosis - all of which should be discussed with your primary care doctor in case it’s something serious.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA and MS: Living with Two Chronic Diseases

Recently at MultipleSclerosisCentral.com, I mentioned that I would begin writing here at MyRACentral.com. Several of the commenters on that post shared that they too have both MS and RA. I also received several emails asking questions about my experi...

Doctor reviewing paperwork with patient.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

How Medication Could Affect Your Sex Life When You Have RA

When you think of rheumatoid arthritis, you might picture swollen joints, stiffness, pain, and deformity, but it can also affect your sex life.

Perseverance with Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic Arthritis

Byron Janis Talks About Living with Psoriatic Arthritis

Acclaimed classical pianist Byron Janis has lived with psoriatic arthritis for decades. Hear what he learned about treatment, depression, and mind over matter.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Spasticity and Multiple Sclerosis: Not Just A Muscle Cramp

The topic of spasticity has been on my mind since I’ve been experiencing it more lately. Four years ago, I did not understand what was spasticity and what was not. I complained of really tight muscles to my neurologist who suggested that I exercise m...