WHEREAS, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a nerve disorder that causes chronic pain and usually occurs after an injury or trauma to a specific limb; and
WHEREAS, the symptoms of CRPS/RSD are often described as a continuous burning or throbbing pain, extreme sensitivity to touch or cold, swelling of the painful area, changes in skin temperature, color and texture, hair and nail growth, and other symptoms; and
WHEREAS, CRPS/RSD can affect both men and women of all ages, though it is much more common in women; and
WHEREAS, currently, there is no single diagnostic test to confirm CRPS/RSD, so increased public awareness of the symptoms and the syndrome is extremely important for early detection; and
WHEREAS, on November 5, 2018, members of the CRPS/RSD community will spread awareness of this often misunderstood pain disorder with the fifth annual Color the World Orange Day; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia joins the nation in raising awareness of CRPS/RSD and encourages the continued research of this disorder;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 2018 as CRPS/RSD AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.