There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. MS is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, creating nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include tiredness, weakness in the limbs, vision problems, pain, and cognitive dysfunctions. One very unique symptom of MS is sensitivity to higher temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60-80% of people who suffer from MS show excessive sensitivity to increases in their core body temperature.
Not only is this sensitivity a symptom, it also exacerbates other symptoms.
Since even a tiny climb in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to exacerbate, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares strongly about this cause. While we enjoy being 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 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 are unable to be at Walk MS or don’t live in the DFW area, you can always give to help create a world free of MS or find a walk in your community.
Given the increasing 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:
· Remain in an air-conditioned setting during periods of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is needed 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 “slurpees” or popsicles may provide temporary relief.
· Use an oscillating fan during indoor exercise.
We are thrilled to help create a world free of MS and we want to thank the National Multiple Sclerosis for their inspiring work and dedication to ending this awful disorder. We hope to see you there!