November 2018: RSDS/CRPS Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a debilitating and progressively chronic condition characterized by severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, excessive sweating, tissue swelling, and extreme sensitivity to touch; and,

WHEREAS, while RSDS/CRPS is thought to be a nerve disorder that generally occurs at the site of a minor or major trauma injury, it may also occur without an apparent injury to the afflicted person; and,

WHEREAS, while the causes of RSDS/CRPS are unknown, the syndrome is thought to be the result of a malfunction of the sympathetic nervous system. It is often misdiagnosed because this condition is either unknown or is poorly understood.  The disorder is unique in that it simultaneously affects the nerves, skin, muscles, blood vessels, and bones; and,

WHEREAS, the prognosis for patients suffering from RSDS/CRPS is generally much better when the condition is identified and treated as early as possible, ideally within three months of onset of the first symptoms; and,

WHEREAS, a delay in diagnosis or treatment for this syndrome can result in severe physical and physiological problems, and early recognition and prompt treatment provides the greatest opportunity for recovery; and,

WHEREAS, RSDS/CRPS has been described as the most painful syndrome or disease, scoring highest on the McGill pain scale (42), above such events as an amputation of a digit and childbirth; and,

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the state to educate both individuals and medical professionals regarding this debilitative disease and to promote research to accurately identify, diagnose and treat this disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2018 as RSDS/CRPS Awareness Month in Michigan.