There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, resulting in nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include tiredness, walking difficulties, dizziness, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct 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.
As if the sensitivity to heat wasn’t enough, the heat also intensifies other symptoms.
Since even the smallest increase in core body temperature (from one-quarter to one-half of a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares strongly about this cause. While we love to be involved in our communities and give back where we can, this condition and all the issues that come with it hold a special place in our hearts.
Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth will be hosting a booth 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 at 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 would love to see you! If you can’t make it or aren’t in the DFW area, you can always give to help raise money and awareness for the National MS Society or find a walk in your location.
Given the increasing temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and take a break 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:
· Stay in an air-conditioned area 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 practitioner 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 “slushes” 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!