Nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week. MS is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, resulting in nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, weakness, vertigo, pain and numbness, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to heat. 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 smallest increase in core body temperature (from .25 to .50 a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly about this cause. While we are always excited to be involved in our local areas and give back where we can, this disorder and all the issues that come with it hold a special 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 are also at the walk, come by and say hi – we would be excited 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 to fight MS or find a walk in your area.
Given the increasing 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:
· Keep cool in an air-conditioned area 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 lightweight, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slushies” or popsicles may provide temporary 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 awful disorder. We hope to see you there!