Every week nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, weakness in the limbs, visual issues, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very 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 worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares strongly about this cause. While we enjoy being involved in our neighborhoods and give back where we can, this disease 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 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 are unable to be at Walk MS or don’t live in the DFW area, you can always give to help create a world free of MS or find a walk in your community.
Given the climbing temperatures, everyone should be cautious, stay hydrated, and take a break as needed. If you or a loved one has MS, please remember these tips from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Remain in an air-conditioned setting during times of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is required to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of these systems 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 loose, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slushies” or popsicles may provide short-term relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are delighted 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!