Every week nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include exhaustion, weakness, vertigo, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to increased temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60% to 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 the smallest increase 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 strongly 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 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 are also at the walk, come by and say hi – we would be excited 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 area.
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 tips from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Remain in an air-conditioned area during spells of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is necessary 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 “ICEEs” or popsicles may provide short-term relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are thrilled to help create a world free of MS and we want to thank the National Multiple Sclerosis for their non-stop work and dedication to ending this debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!