Every week nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, resulting in nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include exhaustion, weakness in the limbs, visual issues, 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 have 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 the smallest rise in core body temperature (from one-quarter to one-half of a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly about this cause. While we are always excited to be involved in our communities 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 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 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 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 raise money to fight MS or find a walk in your location.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be cautious, stay hydrated, and rest 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 setting during stretches of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is essential 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 non-constricting, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slurpees” 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 inspiring work and dedication to ending this debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!