Nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, 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 tiredness, weakness in the limbs, dizziness, pain and numbness, and cognitive dysfunctions. A unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to warmer temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60-80% 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 increase in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, 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 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 aren’t able to make it or won’t be 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 increasing temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, 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:
· Stay in an air-conditioned environment during stretches 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 doctor 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 “slushies” 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 non-stop work and dedication to ending this horrible disorder. We hope to see you there!