Rhabdomyolysis - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis?

RhRhabdomyolysis may not cause any symptoms at all. Muscle aches and pain (myalgia), stiffness, and muscle weakness can occur with rhabdomyolysis, and is especially common with severe muscle damage. Rhabdomyolysis may cause a darkening of the urine color. Myoglobin is released from the muscles when they break down and is excreted into the urine. This can cause a red or cola color of the urine.

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Comment from: patevan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I am a 41 year old male who is overweight and diabetic. I decided it was time to start exercising. I did a long walk and then the next day (while in pain from walking) I was up and down a ladder decorating a house for Christmas. By that evening I could barely get out of a chair or even pull myself up. I had to have people help me get up because it felt like my muscles had no energy. Once I was standing, I was able to walk normal. That evening I had gotten up a couple times to go to the bathroom. The third time (at 3:00am) I walked to the kitchen because I was really thirsty. I took a drink and then before I knew it, it was as if someone flicked a switched and turned every muscle in my body off. I immediately went limp and fell quickly into my garbage can and then onto the hard, cold tile. I could barely move and still could not understand what had just happened to me. I then noticed blood dripping down from my elbow and realized I must have hit it against my counter as I fell. I slowly tried to get up and realized my muscles were not going to cooperate with me. So I then managed to slide over to my counter and lift myself up with my weak arms but still could not get up onto my feet. So I slid my way to the bedroom to my cellphone to call my girlfriend. I fell 3 more times trying to walk (and hurt my ankle and knee) I went to the emergency room and they told me I had rhabdomyolysis and I was admitted into the hospital for 3 days to get all my levels back to normal. It is a pretty horrible feeling when every muscle in your body just shuts down, it is nothing to mess around with. The hospital also blamed it on the simvastatin.

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Comment from: fd, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 22

I am a doctor and out of shape since injuring my knee playing soccer 2 months back. I decided to get back in shape by joining a gym. First day in the gym, I worked my triceps and pectorals, mind you, I used to hit the weights a lot in college and medical school but it was my first time doing so since. Immediately afterwards, I felt ok. That night I was mildly sore, the next morning I was severely sore, then the following morning, it was worse to a point where I couldn't put my deodorant on or dress myself due to soreness. Then I noticed my urine was Coke colored, which persisted till the next day which worried me and made me think immediately of rhabdomyolysis. I got lab tests done and my CK was 140 K. No renal failure or electrolyte abnormalities thankfully. I was admitted then for IVF in the hospital, I left when my CK came down to 72 K. I am currently trying to drink as much water as possible.

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