There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, causing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, weakness in the limbs, vertigo, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to heat. In fact, it’s reported that 60 to 80 percent 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 worsen, 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 disorder 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 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 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 location.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be careful, stay hydrated, and take a break as needed. If you or a loved one has MS, please remember these strategies from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Stay in an air-conditioned setting during stretches of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is necessary to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of these systems 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 temporary relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are overjoyed 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!