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, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include tiredness, weakness, vertigo, pain and numbness, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct symptom of MS is sensitivity to heat. In fact, it’s reported that 60 to 80 percent of people living with 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 the smallest rise in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares strongly about this cause. While we are always excited to be involved in our neighborhoods 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 participating in 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 plan on being there, come by and say hi – we would love 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 climbing temperatures, everyone should be cautious, 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 environment during spells of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is needed to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of these units 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 “ICEEs” or popsicles may provide interim relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are delighted 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!