December 21, 2016: Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders (FGIMD) Awareness Day

WHEREAS, Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders  (FGIMDs) can be very debilitating. They are characterized by severe pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, and can lead to malnourishment, weight loss, dehydration and other life threatening complications. FGIMDs are the most common GI disorders in the general population, and it is estimated that at least 1 in 4 people in the U.S. have one or more of these disorders; and,       

WHEREAS, FGIMDs are chronic illnesses that affect more than 40% of the population in the United States, yet very little is known about these disorders in our state; and,

WHEREAS, FGIMDs are disorders of function, motility, visceral hypersensitivity, altered mucosal and immune function, altered gut microbiota, and altered central nervous system processing within the gastrointestinal system. This sometimes causes debilitating pain, nausea, vomiting, early satiety, constipation, diarrhea and can lead to serious complications such as malnourishment, dehydration, extreme weight loss, and overwhelming fatigue; and,

WHEREAS, there is little awareness, no known cure, and few effective treatment options or medications for FGIMDs; and,

WHEREAS, we need to seek more research, improved medications and testing procedures, additional treatment options, and better support for these disorders; and,

WHEREAS, we seek to educate the medical community and the general public regarding the devastating effects of FGIMDs and promote awareness of these conditions;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 21, 2016 as Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders (FGIMD) Awareness Day in Michigan.