By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury, surgery, stroke or heart attack; and
WHEREAS, CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems. The central nervous system is composed of the brain and spinal cord; the peripheral nervous system involves nerve signaling from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body; and
WHEREAS, CRPS is characterized by prolonged or excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, and/or swelling in the affected area; and
WHEREAS, CRPS is divided into two types: CRPS-I and CRPS-II. Individuals without a confirmed nerve injury are classified as having CRPS-I (previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome). CRPS-II (previously known as causalgia) is when there is an associated, confirmed nerve injury; and
WHEREAS, the cause of complex regional pain syndrome isn’t clearly understood, but early treatment has proven to be most effective. In such cases, improvement and even remission are possible but more research is currently being done to find a cure; and
WHEREAS, on November 6, 2017, members of the CRPS/RSD community will celebrate the second annual Color The World Orange Day to spread awareness of this poorly-understood pain disorder; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim November 6, 2017, as
Color the World Orange Day
in the State of Alabama to bring awareness to complex regional pain syndrome.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 4th day of October 2017.
Provided by the Office of the Governor of Alabama | governor.alabama.gov