May 12, 2015: Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain illness affecting over ten million people in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, It may take years to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and family members are 8 times more likely to be diagnosed; and,

WHEREAS, Fibromyalgia is shown to affect the central nervous system and has no known cure, early diagnosis and treatment can reduce disability (15-20% of patients are on long term disability) and symptoms of widespread body pain, extreme fatigue, sleep disorders, stiffness and weakness, headaches, numbness and tingling, impairment of memory and concentration, and co-existing conditions such as IBS,TMD, migraine, environmental sensitivities, anxiety and depression; and,

WHEREAS, Increased awareness and understanding by the public, health care providers, and policy makers of the daily multifaceted management challenges of fibromyalgia and its impact on patient's function and quality of life may reduce the stigma of this illness; and,

WHEREAS, People with fibromyalgia have a right to be treated with dignity and a right to pain relief; and,

WHEREAS, The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization; members of its Leaders Against Pain Action Network; and Michigan Fibromyalgia Support Network have joined together to advocate for fibromyalgia awareness, support and a better future through research, diagnosis, education, and treatment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2015 as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day in Michigan.