There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. MS is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, creating nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include exhaustion, weakness, visual issues, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to warmer temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60 to 80 percent of people living with MS show excessive sensitivity to increases in their core body temperature.
The sensitivity to heat isn’t just a symptom, it also makes other symptoms worse.
Since even the smallest climb in core body temperature (from one-quarter to one-half of a degree) can cause symptoms to intensify, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly about this cause. While we are always excited to be involved in our neighborhoods and give back where we can, this disorder and all the issues that come with it hold a unique place in our hearts.
Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth will be participating in Walk MS on Saturday, April 2nd at Trinity Park in Fort Worth and Service Experts Plano, Service Experts Dallas, and Levy and Son Service Experts will be participating in Walk MS on Saturday, April 9th at Addison Circle Park in Addison. If you are also at the walk, come by and say hi – we hope to see you! If you are unable to be at Walk MS or don’t live in the DFW area, you can always give to help raise money to fight MS or find a walk in your area.
Given the increasing temperatures, everyone should be careful, stay hydrated, and take a break as needed. If you or a loved one has MS, please remember these recommendations from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Remain in an air-conditioned area during periods of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is required to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of this equipment may be tax deductible if the doctor has written a prescription for it.
· Use cooling products such as vests, neck wraps, and bandanas, during exercise or outdoor activity, or pre- and post-cool.
· Wear non-constricting, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slurpees” or popsicles may provide temporary relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are thrilled to help create a world free of MS and we want to thank the National Multiple Sclerosis for their inspiring work and dedication to ending this debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!