Rhabdo – the condition that is rarely diagnosed

Rhabdomyolysis /ˌræbdɵmˈɒlɨsɪs/ is a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue (Greek: ῥαβδω rhabdo striped μυς myomuscle) breaks down (Greek: λύσις lysis) rapidly.

“Swollen arms.” “Lots of pullups.” “Crossfit

First thing that popped up in my head. Can’t be. Seriously, Rhabdo? How rare is that?  Really? I had to turn around and look it up again. I know and have read about it time and time again – but someone sitting right behind me in the office.

She’s been to the ER and they couldn’t find anything. Assumed her trainer didn’t spot it either. Apparently swollen arms happened previously but went away after awhile arms just keep on getting swollen after training. To me – so may red flags there.

1.  Swollen arms
2. Swollen arms each time after training – first time was after pullups
3. Feeling shitty

Classic symptoms. Didn’t want to scare her but gave her the links to what i think she had. Told he she needs to get to a doctor now and get them to test specifically for Rhabdo.

Thank God, she did. Tests took a day. Next day results were in – Creatine Kinase levels were approx 40x higher than normal and not tapering off quickly enough.  Was admitted for observation.

Her levels now are still high but has tapered enough to allow discharge. She is on her way to recovery. That’s all that matters, right?

An awesome article here: Looking at Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis is a serious syndrome due to a direct or indirect muscle injury. It results from a breakdown of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream. This can lead to complications such as kidney (renal) failure. This occurs when the kidneys cannot remove waste and concentrated urine. In rare cases, rhabdomyolysis can even cause death. – taken from WebMD

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