Nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week. MS is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, creating nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, walking difficulties, visual issues, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to increased temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60% to 80% of people who have MS show excessive sensitivity to increases in their core body temperature.
Not only is this sensitivity a symptom, it also exacerbates other symptoms.
Since even the slightest climb in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares deeply about this cause. While we enjoy being involved in our communities and give back where we can, this disease and all the issues that come with it hold a special place in our hearts.
Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth will be at 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 hosting a booth at Walk MS on Saturday, April 9th at Addison Circle Park in Addison. If you happen to be out, come by and say hi – we hope to see you! If you can’t make it or aren’t in the DFW area, you can always give to help raise money to fight MS or find a walk in your community.
Given the increasing temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and rest 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 setting during periods of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is needed to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of these units may be tax deductible if the physician 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 overjoyed to help create a world free of MS and we want to thank the National Multiple Sclerosis for their hard work and dedication to ending this debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!