There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, weakness in the limbs, visual issues, 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 a tiny climb in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 a degree) can cause symptoms to intensify, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly about this cause. While we enjoy being involved in our neighborhoods and give back where we can, this condition 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 can’t make it or aren’t in the DFW area, you can always give to help raise money to fight MS or find a walk in your location.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be careful, 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:
· Stay in an air-conditioned setting during spells 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 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 constant work and dedication to ending this horrible disorder. We hope to see you there!