There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. MS is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, resulting in nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include exhaustion, weakness in the limbs, visual issues, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to higher temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60-80% 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 a tiny increase in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly about this cause. While we are always excited to be involved in our local areas 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 at Walk MS on Saturday, April 9th at Addison Circle Park in Addison. If you plan on being there, come by and say hi – we would love to see you! If you aren’t able to make it or won’t be in the DFW area, you can always give to help raise money to fight MS or find a walk in your community.
Given the climbing temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and take breaks as needed. If you or a loved one has MS, please remember these suggestions from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Keep cool in an air-conditioned setting during times of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is needed to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of this equipment 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 “ICEEs” or popsicles may provide short-term 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 awful disorder. We hope to see you there!