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Comment from: wingnutamy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I am a little overweight, was taking Lipitor. I joined an informal mommy workout group, we did some burpees, some girl pushups, etc. I had been walking a lot, but this was calisthenics, and I'm not used to that. I was very sore afterwards and 'walked it off'. My arms were very sore. Everyone laughed and said, 'looks like you got a workout!' Epsom salt baths were prescribed by my sister, a trainer, and other people concurred. I took ibuprofen. The next day, I couldn't bend my elbows past 90 degrees. I was laughing as I bent down to eat a sandwich. I couldn't wash my hair. I figured I'd done enough pushups to last a long while. The next day, when I was leaving work, a coworker pointed out how fat and floppy my elbow was. I am not that heavy, my elbow flesh could be lifted. I went home and emailed my doctor. But since it was a Friday, they didn't answer, so I called the advice nurse. They made an appointment for Sunday doctor's appointment, and I spent the rest of the day googling what could be wrong with me. I came across an article about rhabdomyolysis, and was shocked, her elbows looked like mine. I immediately called the advice center, told them I thought I had rhabdomyolysis, and they said unlikely. I repeated that I was on Lipitor and had a heavy workout. I was seen by an urgent care doctor on Sunday morning. She told me, 'Honey, you are just fat and this is cellulite.' I looked her in the eye and told her to please run the CK test. She patted my arms and clucked at me. I was feeling very drained. I still could not wash my own hair because I couldn't reach. I was not having dark urine. My test came back at midnight; 32,000 four days after my injury. I should have gone to the emergency room (ER). The proteins in your blood are highest a day after injury, and they overload your kidneys and liver. Mine were well into the 100 K after my injury. If you even suspect you might have this, go to the ER. If you are as high as I suspect I was, you will need to have IV fluids and possibly dialysis. Statins increase the likelihood you will get this, but I was on statins for some 18 years (minus pregnancy and breastfeeding) and never had problems with exercising. My body did clear my proteins, but my arms are slightly misshapen and are definitely weaker. I was taken off all statins. My friends all apologized. I still work out, but am scared of all things, pushups.

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Comment from: Kate2515, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I am a diabetic and have hypothyroid. I also take statins but have been on the same one for 13 years. My doctor prescribed phentermine to help me lose weight. I had taken it for a few days with no problem. Then one day I went to dinner with friends and had a few drinks. After about 3 or 4 hours, I took Xanax which I take for sleep. I woke up and couldn't move and realized I was in insulin shock (this has happened before and I recognized the symptoms, although not as bad as this). I could not move except for my right leg where I was trying to get my purse, which had candy in it. I just couldn't do it. Several hours later, my boss came over and found me semi-conscious and took me to the emergency room where they diagnosed me with hypoglycemia associated with diabetes rhabdomyolysis (my glucose was 32). I didn't want to be admitted, so the doctor told me it was most likely due to be being in one position for hours and advised me to drink a lot of water. I stopped taking phentermine because after doing a little research, I found out that phentermine can cause low blood sugar. It took almost two weeks before I finally felt better.

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Comment from: Mountain Biker, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 29

I have been an endurance mountain biker for roughly 7 years. We had a kid, I rode a lot less, but still entered into events (8 hour 100 mile races). The last one went fine, slower due to my lack of riding, but I was not sore the following two days, then muscle pain and tenderness started. I noticed two small darker colored urine, but dismissed this as slight dehydration. Finally I tested for rhabdomyolysis, which was confirmed. I have been known for my 'off the couch' performance, guess it has caught up to me. I hope riding more prior to events, and training will help ensure I do not experience this again (2 weeks to naturally flush my system).

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