Nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week. 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 spasticity, weakness, 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% of people living with 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 rise in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares strongly about this cause. While we are always excited to be involved in our local areas and give back where we can, this condition and all the issues that come with it hold a dear 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 and awareness for the National MS Society or find a walk in your location.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and rest as needed. If you or a loved one has MS, please remember these strategies from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Remain in an air-conditioned area during spells of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is required 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 non-constricting, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slushes” or popsicles may provide short-term 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 constant work and dedication to ending this horrible disorder. We hope to see you there!