Every week nearly 200 people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis 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, visual issues, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to heat. In fact, it’s reported that 60% to 80% of people who have 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 a tiny rise in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares deeply about this cause. While we are always excited to be involved in our communities and give back where we can, this disorder and all the issues that come with it hold a unique 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 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 hope 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 community.
Given the rising 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 stretches of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is required 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 loose, “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 debilitating disorder. We hope to see you there!