There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, producing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include exhaustion, weakness, dizziness, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to warmer temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60% to 80% 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 rise in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares deeply about this cause. While we enjoy being involved in our communities and give back where we can, this disease and all the issues that come with it hold a dear 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 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 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 create a world free of MS or find a walk in your area.
Given the climbing temperatures, everyone should be careful, stay hydrated, and rest 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 spells 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 “slushes” 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 non-stop work and dedication to ending this debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!