Lisa EmrichPatient 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 by Lisa Emrich
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 ...
Joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and hoarseness and shortness of breath? Yes! RA can affect the smaller joints in the head and neck.
If you live with rheumatoid arthritis, it’s important to visit the ophthalmologist each year to look for these eye conditions.
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.
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...
When you think of rheumatoid arthritis, you might picture swollen joints, stiffness, pain, and deformity, but it can also affect your sex life.
Acclaimed classical pianist Byron Janis has lived with psoriatic arthritis for decades. Hear what he learned about treatment, depression, and mind over matter.
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...
When researchers, observers, and hypothesizers begin to make connections, it can become very interesting. I recently came across listings for research studies which involve patients living with one of two disorders: multiple sclerosis and Ehlers-Danl...
With MS, it can be difficult to get your body temperature just right. You’re too hot or too cold, sweaty or frigid. Understanding this symptom is half the battle.