Patient Comments: Rhabdomyolysis - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your rhabdomyolysis?

A Doctor's View on Rhabdomyolysis Symptoms and Causes

Read the Comment by Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Rhabdomyolysis a condition that results from massive muscle destruction. Causes include:

  • extreme fitness workouts or routines,
  • injury from trauma, and
  • some medications.
The most common symptoms are dark urine, muscle aches and weakness. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Nellie, Published: May 23

I've never had the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) diagnosis until today. I've been experiencing fatigue and just attributed it to getting older, so I drank a lot of caffeine until I crashed with swollen lymph nodes, aching all over, severe sore throat and felt freezing all of a sudden about a month ago. I was on the couch for days until I felt better. I took several commitments off my calendar in order to maintain my regular work schedule and I've been feeling much, much better with the exception of bloating which is most likely due to the enlarged spleen and swollen liver (other side effects from EBV). I strongly suggest rest is best for anyone experiencing this virus. You can get better and fast by saying no to things. Take care of yourself!

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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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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: calij, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

My 7 year old daughter came home with Tonsillitis and I took her to the pediatrician. I never came down with it myself but I think my body was fighting it off. My lymph nodes were sore for a few days and 3 weeks later my skin broke out in guttate psoriasis. I went to a general doctor and they thought it was staph and they gave me antibiotics which did nothing. Then I went to a dermatologist who thought it was hot tub folliculitis. I went to seek a 3rd opinion and she took a biopsy from one of the spots on my back and it turned out to be guttate psoriasis. It has been almost 1.5 months now. I've tried steroid creams, oregano oil, tea leaves oil, and have been tanning in the sun and in tanning beds. It seems to be helping but the legs are harder to get rid of than my arms, stomach and back. It is 70 percent healed but has left my skin discolored and blotchy like the way scars discolor skin. Someone said Vaseline helps, maybe we always have to keep our skin super hydrated.

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