Nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week. Multiple Sclerosis, or 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 exhaustion, weakness in the limbs, vertigo, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to higher temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60% to 80% of people living with 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 rise in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares strongly about this cause. While we love to be involved in our communities and give back where we can, this disorder 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 hosting a booth 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 would be excited to see you! If you can’t make it or aren’t in the DFW area, you can always give to help raise money and awareness for the National MS Society or find a walk in your location.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be careful, 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:
· Remain in an air-conditioned area 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 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 lightweight, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slushies” or popsicles may provide interim 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 horrible disorder. We hope to see you there!