November 2015: 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 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 are unknown, the syndrome is thought to be the result of a malfunction of the sympathetic nervous system, RSDS 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 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 of RSDS provides the greatest opportunity for recovery; and,


WHEREAS, RSDS 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 estimated that more than 500,000 Americans suffer from CRPS today; 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; and,


WHEREAS, Monday November 2, 2015, marks the second annual Color the world Orange Day and provides an opportunity for those living with RSDS/CRPS and others in the community to join together to further educate the public and health care professionals about RSDS/CRPS;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as RSDS/CRPS Awareness Month in Michigan.