There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. MS is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, causing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, walking difficulties, visual issues, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct symptom of MS is sensitivity to increased temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60-80% of people living with 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 climb in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 a degree) can cause symptoms to intensify, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares deeply about this cause. While we love to be 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 plan on being there, 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 raise money to fight MS or find a walk in your area.
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 essential 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 lightweight, “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 constant work and dedication to ending this debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!