November 2021: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a nerve disorder that causes chronic pain; and,

 

WHEREAS, the symptoms of CRPS/RSD are often described as burning that is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury and can include inflammation and extreme sensitivity to touch; and,

 

WHEREAS, while CRPS/RSD was first identified during the Civil War, it remains a poorly understood condition, and there is no treatment that rapidly cures CRPS/RSD; and,

 

WHEREAS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and other divisions of the National Institutes of Health support research relating to CRPS/RSD; and,

 

WHEREAS, members of the CRPS/RSD community will spread awareness in November; and,

 

WHEREAS, on November 1, 2021, members of the CRPS/RSD community will celebrate the eighth-annual Color the World OrangeTM Day to spread awareness of this poorly understood pain disorder;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2021 as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Awareness Month in Michigan.