Nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, walking difficulties, visual issues, numbness or tingling, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct symptom of MS is sensitivity to increased 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 a tiny climb in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 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 communities 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 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 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 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 location.
Given the increasing temperatures, everyone should be cautious, stay hydrated, and take breaks 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 environment during periods 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 “slushes” 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 horrible disorder. We hope to see you there!