Nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, weakness in the limbs, visual issues, numbness or tingling, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct 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.
The sensitivity to heat isn’t just a symptom, it also makes other symptoms worse.
Since even a tiny increase in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares deeply about this cause. While we enjoy being involved in our communities and give back where we can, this condition and all the issues that come with it hold a unique place in our hearts.
Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth will be participating in 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 plan on being there, 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 to fight MS or find a walk in your location.
Given the increasing temperatures, everyone should be cautious, stay hydrated, and take a break as needed. If you or a loved one has MS, please remember these suggestions from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Stay 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 loose, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slushes” or popsicles may provide temporary relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are excited 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!