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, creating nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, walking difficulties, 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 living with 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 slightest climb in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 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 neighborhoods and give back where we can, this disorder and all the issues that come with it hold a unique 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 hope to see you! If you can’t make it or aren’t 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 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:
· Keep cool in an air-conditioned environment 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 physician 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 “slurpees” or popsicles may provide short-term relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are excited 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 awful disorder. We hope to see you there!