Every week nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include tiredness, weakness in the limbs, dizziness, numbness or tingling, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to warmer 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 the smallest rise in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares deeply about this cause. While we love 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 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 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 would love 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 community.
Given the rising temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and take a break 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 area 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 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 “ICEEs” or popsicles may provide temporary 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 inspiring work and dedication to ending this horrible disorder. We hope to see you there!