July 2021: Arachnoiditis Awareness Month

WHEREAS, arachnoiditis is a rare, extremely debilitating, chronic pain condition caused by injury to the arachnoid layer of the spinal cord; and,

WHEREAS, the three major causes of arachnoiditis are infection, injury to the spine or spinal nerves, and injections of foreign substances (chemical); and,

WHEREAS, the goal of treatment is to improve a patient's motor function and quality of life by alleviating symptoms, especially pain, though treatment will not fully eliminate pain symptoms; and,  

WHEREAS, arachnoiditis knows no age limit, and, if left unrecognized or untreated, leads to a variety of symptoms which may result in devastating consequences and can impair the person's ability to function independently and can inhibit their daily living and employment, as well as lead to significant disability;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2021 as Arachnoiditis Awareness Month in Michigan.