Nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week. Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, causing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include spasticity, weakness in the limbs, vision problems, numbness or tingling, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to warmer temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60 to 80 percent of people who suffer from 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 exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares greatly about this cause. While we love to be involved in our local areas and give back where we can, this condition and all the issues that come with it hold a special place in our hearts.
Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth will be 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 would be excited 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 cautious, 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:
· Keep cool in an air-conditioned environment during spells 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 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 loose, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slushies” or popsicles may provide temporary relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are overjoyed 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 debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!