Every week nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, causing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, walking difficulties, dizziness, numbness or tingling, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct symptom of MS is sensitivity to warmer 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.
The sensitivity to heat isn’t just a symptom, it also makes other symptoms worse.
Since even a tiny rise in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly about this cause. While we love to be involved in our communities 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 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 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 to fight MS or find a walk in your community.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and take breaks 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 setting during periods 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 doctor 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 “slushies” or popsicles may provide interim 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!