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, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, weakness in the limbs, vision problems, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to warmer 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.
The sensitivity to heat isn’t just a symptom, it also makes other symptoms worse.
Since even a tiny rise in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly about this cause. While we enjoy being involved in our communities and give back where we can, this disorder and all the issues that come with it hold a dear 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 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 would be excited 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 area.
Given the climbing temperatures, everyone should be cautious, 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:
· Stay in an air-conditioned environment during periods of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is essential to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of these units 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 lightweight, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “ICEEs” or popsicles may provide interim 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 hard work and dedication to ending this debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!