July 2016: Arachnoiditis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Arachnoiditis, is a debilitating, progressive, multi-symptom, neurological disease that simultaneously involves the central nervous system affecting a range of up to 51% of pain patients with injurious events; and,

WHEREAS, Arachnoiditis attacks the function of the spinal cord, the afferent and efferent nerve pathways and the Pia Arachnoid sheath causing inflammation; and,

WHEREAS, this progression of disease processes leads to a host of secondary symptoms indicative of severe injury to the central nervous system; and,

WHEREAS, Arachnoiditis knows no age limit and if left unrecognized, untreated or mistreated, leads to a variety of symptoms. These may result in devastating consequences which can impair the person’s ability to function independently to meet their activities of daily living, employment, and lead to total disability; and,

WHEREAS, prevention of this injury is paramount, and early diagnosis and intervention is crucial. Correct aggressive treatment by a qualified medical professional can lead to positive results before Arachnoiditis progresses and treatment becomes increasingly difficult; and,

WHEREAS, the onset of Arachnoiditis in any form is increasing in association with the use of interventional anesthesia procedures, neurotoxic drugs including unregulated compounded drugs, spinal surgeries, and hospital acquired infections (HAIs), and, medical professionals are under trained in detection, diagnosis, treatment and integrated care needs of affected persons;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2016 as Arachnoiditis Awareness Month in Michigan.