I think the most common rhabdomyolysis history in a patient on whom nephrology is consulted is “found down after a fall.”
There are risk factors which increase the likelihood of developing rhabdo following a workout. These risk factors include exercising in the heat, dehydration, or overhydration, binge drinking, excessive coffee consumption, extreme dietary practices (vegetarian or high protein), and possessing the sickle cell trait.
In January 2011, I was a healthy, fit 28-year-old. I was rocking six-pack abs and was devoted to working out hard. But my relationship with fitness—and the way I would choose to live my life in the future—all changed after I wound up in a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV, and fearing for my life. This is how rhabdomyolysis, often known as “rhabdo,” nearly ruined my body, and how I’m still dealing with it today.
Everyone has an uncle they’d rather you not meet.
Please allow me to introduce you to Uncle Rhabdo, CrossFit’s unofficial and disturbing mascot. Uncle Rhabdo is a cartoon commonly referenced in CrossFit literature and representative of a troubling trend among CrossFitters.
Both fluoroquinolones alone, and fluoroquinolones combined with statins, have been documented to cause rhabdomyolysis.
There are a lot of things to like about CrossFit. It packs a big workout into a short timeframe. It’s built around interval training and weights, which are known to challenge muscles and build fitness.
Workouts that contain a high volume amount of eccentric movements carry considerable risk for rhabdomyolysis.
This week I was diagnosed with Rhabomyolysis. Some of you have never heard of that term. I don't blame you... it's actually very rare and affects maybe 0.06% of the population. If you do CrossFit, maybe you have heard of it.
Have you heard the hype? I fee like it goes in waves with high intensity exercises programs…They are perfectly safe….they are dangerous…what is the deal?
I know what some of you are saying…Wow, Jerred, back up…what was that…Rhabdo-what? Alright let’s start there.
Imagine this. You’re a healthy twenty-eight-year-old woman at the top of your game. You have a successful career as a fashion stylist and a wonderful social life. You’re in great physical shape.
Now imagine you’re the same person, laid up in a hospital emergency room with extreme muscle soreness and fatigue. Your abdomen is swollen to three times its normal size. Your kidney function numbers are through the roof, and your urine is a brown color usually seen only in a glass of cola. You are hooked up to a roadmap of tubes.
If, after a workout, you’re the most sore you’ve ever been, you might congratulate yourself on your hard work. But if your muscles seem puffy, swollen, or hard, and your pee is reddish or brown, then what you’re experiencing probably isn’t just the side effects of Beast Mode. In fact, you should go to the emergency room...
While almost any intense activity can cause rhabdo, it almost always strikes people who are doing something new. That is why people should always progress from light to moderate and then vigorous intensity when doing a new exercise, said Eric Rawson, chair of the department of health, nutrition and exercise science at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.
The mission of the Korey Stringer Institute is to provide first-rate information, resources, assistance and advocacy for the prevention of sudden death in sport and physical activity.
Outdoorsy types and outdoor workers like roofers might suffer first, but it's the elderly and the mentally ill who make up the majority of deaths.
Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of skeletal muscle fibres with leakage of potentially toxic intracellular contents into the systemic circulation, characterised by elevated plasma creatine kinase, myoglobinuria and risk of renal impairment.