There are approximately 200 people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis weekly. Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disorder that causes a person’s immune system to attack its own tissues or organs, causing nerve damage. Symptoms of MS can include fatigue, walking difficulties, visual issues, numbness or tingling, and cognitive dysfunctions. A very distinct symptom of MS is sensitivity to higher temperatures. In fact, it’s reported that 60 to 80 percent of people who have 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 the slightest increase in core body temperature (from ¼ to ½ a degree) can cause symptoms to worsen, Service Experts Heating and Air Conditioning cares strongly 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 dear 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 participating in 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 create a world free of MS or find a walk in your community.
Given the climbing temperatures, everyone should be cautious, stay hydrated, and take a break as needed. If you or a loved one has MS, please remember these recommendations from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to ease the effect of the heat:
· Stay in an air-conditioned setting during periods of extreme heat and humidity. If an air conditioner is required to help minimize the symptoms of MS, the cost of these systems 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 loose, “breathe-able” clothing.
· Icy drinks such as “slurpees” or popsicles may provide short-term 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 hard work and dedication to ending this horrible disorder. We hope to see you there!