Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
A Proclamation 
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS) also known as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic neurological syndrome, or an injury to a nerve or soft tissue that does not follow a normal healing path; and

Whereas The two types of CRPS are CRPS type I, or RSD, which includes the cases in which the nerve injury cannot be immediately identified and CRPS type II, or Causalgia, includes cases in which a distinct nerve injury has occurred; and

Whereas Symptoms of RSDS may include severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, excessive sweating, tissue swelling, and extreme sensitivity to touch; and

Whereas According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, approximately 2% to 5% of patients with peripheral nerve injury and approximately 12% to 21% of patients with partial paralysis can develop RSDS; and

Whereas Although there is no identifiable cure for RSDS, treatments aimed at relieving painful symptoms are available and include some forms of physical therapy, sympathetic nerve block,  spinal cord stimulation and doctor prescribed analgesics, antidepressants, corticosteroids, and opioids; and

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim July 2013, to be,

REFLEXIVE SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this sixth day of June, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency                 

Deval L. Patrick       
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin             
Secretary of the Commonwealth    

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts