Every week nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. 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 spasticity, walking difficulties, vertigo, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to higher 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.
As if the sensitivity to heat wasn’t enough, the heat also intensifies other symptoms.
Since even a tiny increase in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares deeply about this cause. While we love to be involved in our neighborhoods 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 hosting a booth 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 happen to be out, come by and say hi – we would be excited to see you! If you are unable to be at Walk MS or don’t live in the DFW area, you can always give to help create a world free of MS or find a walk in your community.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and rest 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:
· Remain in an air-conditioned area during times 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 “slushies” 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 inspiring work and dedication to ending this awful disorder. We hope to see you there!