Rhabdomyolysis Symptoms and Causes
When it comes to fitness, there might be too much of a good thing. Motivated people might be persuaded by coaches and personal trainers to push beyond their body's limits, but not listening when the body rebels may lead to significant metabolic injuries that could be life threatening. Whether it is in a gym, training facility or in front of your television trying to keep up with a video, there are potential dangers from lifting, crunching, and straining too long and too hard. Lessons can be learned from elite athletes who have been known not to listen.
They might be called the unlucky 13. At the end of a strenuous workout, a baker's dozen University of Iowa football players ended up in the hospital with rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo=skeleton +myo=muscle + lysis=breakdown), a condition in which muscles break down quickly and spill their contents into the blood stream. Myoglobin is a protein that is contained in muscle cells, and if enough is spilled into the blood stream, it can clog the kidney's filtering system and lead to kidney failure and a variety of other serious medical consequences and complications. While muscles routinely get sore after physical activity, rhabdomyolysis takes that muscle injury to a higher level.
Rhabdomyolysis is the result of massive muscle destruction, and there are many causes such as:
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2014