FAQs on Rhabdomyolysis – Can you Contract this if you Work Out Too Hard?


June 08, 2018

June 1, 2018 (whio.com).  According to an online report from whio.com, a seventeen year old Texan became ill with rhabdomyolysis after working out too hard.*

Jared Shamburger, from Houston, Texas noted that he felt extremely sore from lifting weights for ninety minutes at the gym “Everything hurt,” Shamburger stated. “It hurt to the touch. It was swollen.”

Since the sore muscle symptoms never went away, Shamburger’s mother conducted research of her son’s symptoms online and asked a doctor about whether he was affected by rhabdomyolysis.  This illness causes the breakdown of muscle tissue, which causes protein to be released into the bloodstream.  This affliction, which is typically caused by injuries, infections, and overexercise, can lead to failure of the kidneys and even death if not properly treated.   Currently, gyms in the United States do not offer warnings to the public about the dangers of overexercise and how it can lead to rhabdomyolysis.  

According, the following is what you need to know about the condition:

What is the cause of the disease?

If muscles, especially due to overexercise, are damaged, your body released protein into the blood.  It is filtered out by the kidneys, which can damage kidney cells by myoglobin breaking down into certain dangerous substances.  The condition is caused by injuries, and other conditions that causes damage to the body’s skeletal musculature.  

2. What are other known causes of the condition?

Traumatic injuries, crushing type injuries, drug use of cocaine, amphetamines, heroin, status or PCP, genetic conditions, extreme body temperature, lower phosphate levels in the blood, seizures, dehydration, running marathons, or overexercising.  

3. What symptoms do people experience as a result of the condition?

People experience darter urine, weakness, muscle aches, stiff muscles, decreased urine output, joint pain, weight gain, fatigue and seizures.

Symptoms can include: dark urine; general weakness; muscle tenderness; muscle stiffness; decreased urine output. Other symptoms include fatigue, joint pain, seizures and weight gain.

4. How do doctors diagnose the condition?

By physical examination, doctors can diagnose it if the individual has tenderness, and damage to the muscles. A blood test can also demonstrate that a person is afflicted with the condition.

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