There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, creating nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, walking difficulties, vision problems, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct 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.
As if the sensitivity to heat wasn’t enough, the heat also intensifies other symptoms.
Since even the slightest increase in core body temperature (from one-quarter to one-half of a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares deeply about this cause. While we are always excited to be involved in our local areas and give back where we can, this disease 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 are also at the walk, come by and say hi – we hope 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 raise money and awareness for the National MS Society or find a walk in your community.
Given the increasing temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and take breaks as needed. If you or a loved one has MS, please remember these suggestions from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Stay in an air-conditioned environment during stretches of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is essential 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 “slushes” 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 non-stop work and dedication to ending this awful disorder. We hope to see you there!