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, resulting in nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, weakness in the limbs, vertigo, numbness or tingling, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to heat. In fact, it’s reported that 60-80% of people who have 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 climb in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, 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 special 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 are also at the walk, come by and say hi – we would love 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 rising temperatures, everyone should be conscientious, stay hydrated, and rest 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:
· Stay in an air-conditioned area during stretches of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is required to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of this equipment 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 non-constricting, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slushies” or popsicles may provide short-term 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 awful disorder. We hope to see you there!