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Old 08-12-2011, 10:58 AM   #2429
Andrew Wilson
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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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In rare cases, people unused to exercise -- or even well-trained athletes participating in a grueling endurance event -- can experience rhabdomyolysis, a serious syndrome that results when muscle fibers break down and are released into the bloodstream. In these cases, rhabdomyolysis is caused by extreme muscle strain.

But rhabdomyolysis also can be caused by alcohol, cocaine or amphetamine use; a crush injury; corticoseteroid or statin medications; from lying still for a prolonged period of time while unconscious; third-degree burns; heat stroke or high body temperature; seizures; metabolic disorders; muscle diseases; or serious viral or bacterial infections that release toxins into the bloodstream. Once someone has had rhabdomyolysis, their risk for developing the condition again increases.

This is a serious condition that can result in kidney failure or, in rare cases, death, so it's important to know the symptoms. It is important to note that the symptoms can occur in one specific region of the body or affect the whole body.

Rhabdomyolysis symptoms include muscle weakness, nausea or vomiting, just "not feeling right," difficulty moving arms or legs, fever, confusion, dehydration that can result in dark-colored urine and falling unconscious.

If you are suffering the above symptoms, it is important you receive immediate medical attention because there are a variety of medical complications possible.

In some cases, potassium blood levels are elevated, which can lead to an irregular heartbeat or cardiac arrest. If not treated soon enough, you could experience liver damage or kidney failure. You also could suffer from "compartment syndrome" in which the nerves, blood vessels and muscles are compressed, causing lasting tissue and blood flow damage.

Early medical treatment is crucial. If you do have rhabdomyolysis, you will be admitted to the hospital. You most likely will receive intravenous fluids to prevent kidney damage, and in some cases, you might need to be admitted to the intensive care unit. If your kidneys do fail, you might need dialysis. Serious cases of compartment syndrome require surgery as well.

Dr. Randal F. Wojciehoski, also known as Dr. Wojo, is an emergency medicine physician at Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital.
So my hunch was right. These Crossfitters not getting hospital treatment for "butt-arms" will have long term, permanent damage.
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