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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

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 : 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
burns(severe)
physical torture prolonged lying down prolonged coma
severe muscle contractions from seizures
cocaine use increased body temperature
extreme physical activity drug and alcohol intoxication
low electrolytes
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)
myopathies(muscle diorders)
snake venom

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Creatine Kinase (Definition)

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


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My CPK levels is 236 is that good?

My CPK levels is 236 is that good?

CPK elevation: This is a mild elevation. This could be caused by either physical exercise, medication or trauma. Unless the value continues to increase I would not worry. ...Read more

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How can you decrease CPK levels?

How can you decrease CPK levels?

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

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What does high CPK levels indicate?

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What does high CPK levels indicate?

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

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My CPK levels are all abnormal, what to do?

My CPK levels are all abnormal, what to do?

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

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Can you have high CPK levels and be healthy?

CPK: It depends on the reason why your CPK levels are elevated. I'd be evaluated by you physician to identify the reason as to why they are elevated. ...Read more

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What should I do if my CPK levels are abnormal?

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

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What do elevated CPK levels mean when exercise is not a factor?

What do elevated CPK levels mean when exercise is not a factor?

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

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What causes CPK levels in the 5000 range and what problems would it cause?

What causes CPK levels in the 5000 range and what problems would it cause?

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

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What does a creatine kinase level of 322 indicate?

What does a creatine kinase level of 322 indicate?

Muscle injury: Ck level of 322 is elevated but not too high. Elevated levels of ck indicate muscle injury, however strenous physical activity will raise ck levels, especially if activity is done prior to blood draw. Some medications and alcohol can casue ck elevation. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about my creatine kinase level?

Should I be worried about my creatine kinase level?

What is the level?: Elevated creatinine kinase level indicated muscle injury. If it is elevated, please consult your doctor to determine the cause and determination of the need for a treatment and the proper treatment. ...Read more

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My creatine kinase level is 465 what does that indicate?

My creatine kinase level is 465 what does that indicate?

CPK: 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

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My level of creatine kinase is 49, Is this level low. And what does it mean?

My level of creatine kinase is 49, Is this level low. And what does it mean?

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

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My creatine kinase levels were at 56, is this a good reading, what does this mean?

My creatine kinase levels were at 56, is this a good reading, what does this mean?

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

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Normal white count and a high level of creatine kinase. What illness could this indicate?

Normal white count and a high level of creatine kinase. What illness could this indicate?

Maybe none: If you exercise, you ck can be very high -- many times the upper limit of normal. The normal range is for couch potatoes. I'm glad you asked, but no lab test means much in isolation. Best to ask your physician and see what matches with your symptoms and lifestyle. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How to treat high level of creatine kinase due to nerves?

How to treat high level of creatine kinase due to nerves?

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

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What could increased creatine kinase and aldolase levels indicate?

What could increased creatine kinase and aldolase levels indicate?

Likely muscle injury: Creatine kinase and aldolase would both be elevated after a muscle injury.
Ck can also be elevated in kidney failure.
Adolase can be sub-classified into a, b and c which helps differentiate from which tissue the high levels came. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of low serum creatine kinase? Level is 26 iu/L?

What can be the cause of low serum creatine kinase? Level is 26 iu/L?

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

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Is my level of creatine kinase, total, serum @143 good, range is 24-204?

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

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I am a 41 yr old female. My serum creatine kinase level is 257. Is there anything to be worried about?

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

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What supplements would lower creatine kinase levels. ?

What supplements would lower creatine kinase levels.

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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

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Should I stop Lipitor (atorvastatin) 10mg since creatine kinase level shot up > 300... I'm 60, male.?

Should I stop Lipitor (atorvastatin) 10mg since creatine kinase level shot up > 300... I'm 60, male.?

Yes: I assume your doctor gave you those results — did he/she have any recommendations? If you have any muscle pain, chest pain, shortness of breath or other worriesome symptoms go to the ER. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael dugan forgot to mention was positive for EBV virus a few years back. And CPK levels have been off

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

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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?

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?

Muscle issue: 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.
http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Clinical+and+Interpretive/8336 ...Read more

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How long would creatine kinase (ck) levels in blood be elevated after exercise?

How long would creatine kinase (ck) levels in blood be elevated after exercise?

Up to four days: Strenuous exercise frequently triggers a rise in ck that peaks 16 to 24 hours following a workout, then stays elevated for 72 hours before falling back to. ...Read more

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My level of creatine kinase, total, serum @ 980 no muscle or serious injures. Why so high?

My level of creatine kinase, total, serum @ 980 no muscle or serious injures. Why so high?

Need more info: Creatinine Kinase may increase in many illnesses. To adequately answer your question you have to speak to your physician who knows your medical history. ...Read more

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Rhabdomyolysis (Definition)

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