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Cpk Levels Rhabdomyolysis
What would be the cause of my 27 yo husband being diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis? We went to the local ER because my husband was having trouble with his acid re-flux. While there they had ran a couple of test and found his CPK (?) levels were extremely el
If the er could not uncover the reason why he went into rhabdomyolysis, then you may never know. I will list some common causes for you, maybe this will help:
muscle trauma or crush injury
physical torture prolonged lying down prolonged coma
severe muscle contractions from seizures
cocaine use increased body temperature
extreme physical activity drug and alcohol intoxication
genetic muscle diseases near drowning low body temperature), medications: most commonly statins, which are used to treat high cholesterol; psychiatric medications, anesthesia medications, HIV medications, colchicine(used for gout)
viruses and some bacteria
untreated hypothyroidism (low thyroid level)
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Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in muscles throughout the body. There are different subtypes of the enzyme, called isoforms, which predominate in different organs. For instance, the isoform in skeletal muscles is different from that which is most heavily found in the heart muscle. A blood tests detects levels of this in the body, for example if ...Read more
Depends: CPKs are enzymes inside the cell that are release after injury to the membrane cause by trauma, inflammation,ischemia or even excessive exercise. It comes in different isoforms depending on the cells it comes from such as skeletal, heart,liver, brain etc. So it can be chronic as in inflammation of skeletal muscles or transient as in trauma or heart attacks or induce by drugs. ...Read more
Muscle breakdown: High CPK levels suggest high levels of muscle turnover, either from intensive exercise or generalized muscle breakdown. CPK is also broken down into something else called ck-mb; if this is elevated alone with normal cpk, it may suggest a heart attack with appropriate symptoms. ...Read more
Cpk: CPK is a muscle enzyme, it can also be seen elevated with brain problems and other situations. Talk to your Dr. about your questions and the Dr. can evaluate your situation to seek an explanation for your CPK levels. ...Read more
Rest and repeat: CPK is non-specific and becomes elevated with normal muscular activity. Serious elevations are thousands of points above normal. Minor elevations have no significance. If you're concerned, stay at full rest for 24-48 hours and repeat your test. ...Read more
Muscle or heart : CPK can be released from damaged or inflamed muscles, including the heart muscle. Some muscle diseases that cause weakness and pain in the muscles can elevate cpk, as can any muscle injury (including an injection into the muscle). Heart attacks and other heart muscle injury or inflammation can also raise the cpk. There are tests to determine the source of the cpk. ("fractionation" of cpk). ...Read more
Lots of causes: Elevated CPK indicates muscle damage and can be resolving or ongoing. There are many causes of this, but the main issue is that it can lead to kidney failure since the muscle breakdown proteins aren't filtered well by the kidneys. Also, ongoing muscle damage can lead to compartment syndrome, a surgical emergency. ...Read more
Hi, Ck or CPK is found in striated muscle, heart tissue, and brain, damage to either can increase the level in blood, also thyroid imbalance could increase CK due to muscle damage, CK clearance from body decreases in kidney disease.
Your level is mildly elevated which could be 2/2 exercise, trauma to muscle, accident. ...Read more
Probably normal: Creatine kinase (CK), also known as creatine phosphokinase (CPK) is an enzyme made by muscle tissues, including the heart muscle. Doctors most often are concerned with high levels of CK, which may indicate muscle damage. "Normal range" varies by laboratory, but a level of 49 is probably within the normal range of most laboratories. ...Read more
Not much: You are probably not having a heart attack, some illness that seriously damages your muscles, and are also probably not in heavy athletic training or doing really hard manual work. We have a saying in pathology, "look at the person, not the numbers." hope all else is okay, thanks for writing. ...Read more
I'm 25 yrs old. After lifting heavy my creatine kinase levels were 1800. When I don't exercise they're normal. Is this ck normal for young adults?
Good for you: From time to time, I've run ck's on classes of students. The bodybuilders, after lifting, can run as high as 3000. ...Read more
I have mctd my CPK levels have been slightly high for over a year it's always between 209-305 whole back burns can slightly high levels cause damage?
Many causes: When I've checked C(P)K's on students, the ones that are serious about exercise all have values that are "slightly" elevated or more. MCTD can also produce a myositis. And the Plaquenil you're taking can cause CK from heart and/or skeletal muscle. It's not causing your back burning, but if you're weak or short of breath, maybe. How do you FEEL? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20051753 ...Read more
Here's accurate info: Somebody's kidding you or there is a misunderstanding. Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in the blood; the reference range was determined for couch potatoes, and in my series' of athletic medical students, a majority of healthy young people have "elevated levels" just from exercising. It's also high in a few illnesses your physician knows about, but not from "nerves". ...Read more
Means nothing: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthies fall outside on either end. Stop worrying. Ask your physician about what kind of aerobic fitness would be right for you. ...Read more
Yes and no: Creatine kinase is meaningful only if the number is way-high and there's reason to worry about rhabdomyolysis, heart attack, carrying muscular dystrophy, or a few others. Most folk who exercise heavily have creatine kinases above the "reference range", which is just the lab's number for most ordinary folks who aren't actually sick. Don't look at numbers; look at your health -- why not go run? ...Read more
I am a 41 yr old female. My serum creatine kinase level is 257. Is there anything to be worried about?
Probably not: 257 isn't very high (it goes into the thousands with muscle injury) and tens of thousands when it's especially serious. Different labs have different cut-offs but I assume 257 is a little high in your lab? Simple muscular work can raise it. If you had a heart problem or muscle injury from statins, you'd have symptoms — are you feeling ok? It's always better to treat patients, not lab numbers. ...Read more
None: No supplements will lower creatine kinase which signifies potential muscle breakdown when elevated. In the past, we tested CK when we suspected a heart attack. Levels can also be elevated when muscles are damaged (rare condition = rhabdomyolysis). Check out http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/ck/tab/test/ & http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Clinical+and+Interpretive/8336 ...Read more
Should I stop Lipitor (atorvastatin) 10mg since creatine kinase level shot up > 300... I'm 60, male.?
Dr. Michael dugan forgot to mention was positive for EBV virus a few years back. And CPK levels have been off
Acute EBV: Infection is definitely associated with splenomegaly. Now, not so sure. CPK is a muscle enzyme so not sure how that relates. ...Read more
I've done blood test today and my Creatine Kinase level shown is 322 IU/L. What does that indicate? How can I reduce this CK level to normal range?
Creatine Kinase is an enzyme in muscles and any issue affecting the muscles, including exercise, can raise CK levels. You need to address the cause of the elevation. You may consult this site and then discuss the matter with your doctor who ordered the test.
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