There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, resulting in nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, walking difficulties, vision problems, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to higher temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60-80% of people living with 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 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 enjoy being involved in our local areas and give back where we can, this condition and all the issues that come with it hold a dear 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 participating in Walk MS on Saturday, April 9th at Addison Circle Park in Addison. If you happen to be out, come by and say hi – we hope 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 and awareness for the National MS Society or find a walk in your area.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be cautious, 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:
· Remain 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 this equipment 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 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 excited 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 horrible disorder. We hope to see you there!