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Dr. Scott Keith
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Rhabdomyolysis (Overview)

A pathologic condition that can lead to significant renal and metabolic problems.


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How does rhabdomyolysis cause hyperkalemia?

How does rhabdomyolysis cause hyperkalemia?

Cell Bursting: The majority of your potassium resides inside your cells. When rhadomyolosis (destruction of your muscles) occur, then these cells burst. When these cells burst, the all the potassium is released into your bloodstream. Now you have hyperkalema. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
95 doctors shared insights

Rhabdomyolysis (Overview)

A pathologic condition that can lead to significant renal and metabolic problems.


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Does rhabdomyolysis usually cause many symptoms?

Does rhabdomyolysis usually cause many symptoms?

Depends: On the severity of the rhabdomyosis; one may have minimal symptoms to having diffuse muscle pain/weakness. In very severe cases, it could lead to renal failure and can require dialysis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis?

What are the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis?

Muscle pain: Rhabdomyolosis is breakdown of muscle related to extreme exercise, some drugs, high sustained fever, and exercise under extreme heat conditions. Muscle pain weakness can occur. The net result of severe disease is kidney failure. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for rhabdomyolysis?

What do you recommend for rhabdomyolysis?

No recommendations: Rhabdo should have a cause and the cause should be identified then treatment will be tailored to the cause. Close follow up is very improtant depending on how bad the rhabdo is. Hosptilization might be required sometimes. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis and recovered in the hospital. When will i be able to go back to running?

I was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis and recovered in the hospital. When will i be able to go back to running?

Yes, but....: If you developed rhabdomyolysis from running, you are either pushing too hard or may be experiencing a medication side effect. In either case, you need to discuss further running with your doctor. ...Read more

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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

Best of luck. ...Read more

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Is rhabdomyolysis a disqualifier. Does anyone know?

Disqualifier?: Please restate your question to let us know what rhabdomyolysis is a "Disqualifier" for a meaningful answer to your question. ...Read more

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Is it true that statin drugs cause rhabdomyolysis more often in people with dystonia?

Is it true that statin drugs cause rhabdomyolysis more often in people with dystonia?

Statins: It is true that some type of muscular disease are more prone to develop rhabdmyalisis. ...Read more

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Can you treat mild rhabdomyolysis on your own?

Can you treat mild rhabdomyolysis on your own?

No: Can you and should you are two different things. You probably could but rhabdo can cause such bad problems (kidney failure) why would you? Get seen, get diagnosed, get IV fluids, and keep yourself hydrated from now on. ...Read more

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Will rhabdomyolysis kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will rhabdomyolysis kill me if I don't get treatment?

Maybe: Depends on severity. A mild to moderate case will improve with hydration and supportive measures. A more severe case is still treatable but can lead to complications such as kidney failure (temporary or permanent), irregular heart beat, and/or respiratory failure. ...Read more

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I have rhabdomyolysis caused by caduet. Can it be cured?

I have rhabdomyolysis caused by caduet. Can it be cured?

Yes: Iv fluids and eliminate the offending medication. In this case it is probably the Atorvastatin component of the caduet(caduet is 2 medications in one: amlodipine and atorvastatin). ...Read more

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How can my husband and I prevent rhabdomyolosis in the future?

How can my husband and I prevent rhabdomyolosis in the future?

What's the cause?: Cocaine? He must stop. Statins? His physician must guide him. Too much exercise after laying off? Work back into conditioning. Hard work in the heat? Easy does it. Mcardle's disease? Your physician's your best guide. ...Read more

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Can you die from rhabdomyolysis?

Can you die from rhabdomyolysis?

Rarely: In most cases the cause of rhabdomyolysis is benign and reversible like trauma, excessive exercise, drugs, infections, toxins. And. The treatment is hydration and preventing kidney failure in addition to treating the cause. Rarely do these cases kill the patient. In rare cases the cause of rhabdomyolysis has a bad prognosis like myositis and myopathy and here the underlying disease is what kills. ...Read more

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How do you treat severe rhabdomyolysis?

How do you treat severe rhabdomyolysis?

Hospitalization: This is not a do it yourself issue. One needs to address the cause of rhabdomyolysis, institute hydration, induce diuresis, and correct electrolyte balance among other treatments. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis?

Muscle pain: Rhabdomyolosis is breakdown of muscle related to extreme exercise, some drugs, high sustained fever, and exercise under extreme heat conditions. Muscle pain weakness can occur. The net result of severe disease is kidney failure. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for rhabdomyolysis?

No recommendations: Rhabdo should have a cause and the cause should be identified then treatment will be tailored to the cause. Close follow up is very improtant depending on how bad the rhabdo is. Hosptilization might be required sometimes. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my rhabdomyolysis go away?

How fast can I make my rhabdomyolysis go away?

Depends on the route: If your kidney function is normal, and the offending activity or injury stopped, copious oral hydration should help your rhabdomyolysis resolve in a matter of days for mild cases. For more severe cases, intravenous fluids are sometimes necessary. In other cases still, the kidneys can sustain temporary injury which also requires intravenous fluids. All scenarios usually involve several days. ...Read more

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Can you treat mild rhabdomyolysis on your own?

No: Can you and should you are two different things. You probably could but rhabdo can cause such bad problems (kidney failure) why would you? Get seen, get diagnosed, get IV fluids, and keep yourself hydrated from now on. ...Read more

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Does rhabdomyolysis usually cause many symptoms?

Depends: On the severity of the rhabdomyosis; one may have minimal symptoms to having diffuse muscle pain/weakness. In very severe cases, it could lead to renal failure and can require dialysis. ...Read more

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Is rhabdomyolysis a disqualifier. Does anyone know?

Disqualifier?: Please restate your question to let us know what rhabdomyolysis is a "Disqualifier" for a meaningful answer to your question. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get rhabdomyolysis?

How common is it for somebody to get rhabdomyolysis?

Not common: Serious rhabdomyolisis is uncommon but needs immediate medical care. Preventable causes include overuse exercise without good hydration and use of certain recreational drugs. Mild rhabdomyolisis can occur with vigorous sports, but is rarely symptomatic and resolves quickly. The best preventive is good hydration during vigorous activity and don't overheat. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rhabdomyolysis?

What is the definition or description of: rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis: Breakdown of muscle. A pathologic condition that can lead to significant renal and metabolic problems. ...Read more

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What is Rhabdomyolysis? Rhabdo

What is Rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdo

Muscle breakdown: Breakdown of Muscle Tissue is Rhabdomyolysis. It may occur to people who overdose on Drugs or Alcohol and stay in the floor for a long time causing pressure and damage to their muscles!
It may also be caused by Medications and drug interactions between them. Like Lopid and Statins us together! The Muscle breakdown many times causes also acute kidney failure sometimes if severe requiring dialysis ...Read more

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How does rhabdomyolysis cause hyperkalemia?

Cell Bursting: The majority of your potassium resides inside your cells. When rhadomyolosis (destruction of your muscles) occur, then these cells burst. When these cells burst, the all the potassium is released into your bloodstream. Now you have hyperkalema. ...Read more

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I have rhabdomyolysis caused by caduet. Can it be cured?

Yes: Iv fluids and eliminate the offending medication. In this case it is probably the Atorvastatin component of the caduet(caduet is 2 medications in one: amlodipine and atorvastatin). ...Read more

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Can Rhabdomyolysis happen to sedentary people when they suddenly do exercises that are considered light by athletic people?

Can Rhabdomyolysis happen to sedentary people when they suddenly do exercises that are considered light by athletic people?

Yes : This is famous, do not let it discourage you from returning to fitness. Ease into it, stay hydrated. Your physician can help ...Read more

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Cousin hasn't worked out in many years but trainer still worked him too hard and he developed rhabdomyolysis. Shouldn't the trainer have known better?

Cousin hasn't worked out in many years but trainer still worked him too hard and he developed rhabdomyolysis. Shouldn't the trainer have known better?

Yes, he should have.: Some trainers are task masters, which is perfectly fine if the person they are training has been conditioned to a high level of fitness. I always recommend that when someone starts a new athletic program, it is extremely important to start easy and work up gradually. Very sorry this happened to your cousin. Send the medical bills to the trainer. ...Read more

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Training really hard after not training for a while can cause rhabdomyolysis. Yet i still see most trainers try to work new people hard rather than slow?

Training really hard after not training for a while can cause rhabdomyolysis. Yet i still see most trainers try to work new people hard rather than slow?

Ease into it.: Some trainers are task masters, which is perfectly fine if the person they are training has been conditioned to a high level of fitness. It is a shame when trainers feel the need to push a newbie to exhaustion the first few weeks of a new program. Perhaps gyms are hiring trainers who don't have any formal education on the subject. It's always recommended to start easy and work up. ...Read more