To the editor:
Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a proclamation declaring July as Arachnoiditis Awareness Month. This proclamation was very important to me as a sufferer of this pain disorder.
Arachnoiditis is a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid, one of the membranes that surrounds and protects the spinal cord. It is characterized by severe stinging, burning pain and neurolgical problems. Common symtoms are pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the legs. Sensations that may feel like insects crawling on the skin or water trickling down the leg, severe shooting pain that can be similar to an electric shock sensation, muscle cramps, spasm and uncontrollable twitching, bladder, bowel and/or sexual problems.
As the disease progress, symptoms may become more severe or even permanent. Many people with arachnoidits are unable to work and suffer significant disability because the are in constant pain.
Special thank you to state Rep. Patricia Henegan for helping to make this proclamation possible, as well as Barby Ingle, advocate for The Power of Pain Foundation and chronic pain patient and also Melanie Lamb.
For more information, you can contact The Power of Pain Foundation at 480-882-1342 or visit www.powerofpain.org.