There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. MS is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, creating nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, weakness in the limbs, vertigo, numbness or tingling, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct symptom of MS is sensitivity to warmer temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60-80% of people who suffer from 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 climb in core body temperature (from one-quarter to one-half of a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly 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 special 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 hope 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 raise money to fight MS or find a walk in your location.
Given the increasing temperatures, everyone should be careful, 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:
· Stay in an air-conditioned area during spells of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is needed to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of this equipment 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 loose, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slushies” or popsicles may provide temporary 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 hard work and dedication to ending this debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!