After desperately wanting to be fit, a teenager from Texas almost died while working out too much. When his symptoms didn’t look like regular post-workout soreness, he was quickly diagnosed with a strange condition called rhabdomyolysis. This disease often occurs whenever you are producing a serious injury on your muscles.
Working out too much got a teenager sick
Jared Shamburger, aged 17, started a regular exercise session with his father and his brother, but he appeared to have been working out too much. He started swelling soon afterwards and experiencing quite an intense pain. Such symptoms are relatively normal after a workout, but they go away after a day.
However, Jared’s pain was much too severe, and none of the symptoms disappeared. At this, his mother started browsing the internet and feared working out too much caused her son to suffer from rhabdomyolysis. His mother’s diagnosis proved right, as the doctors kept the boy in hospital for five days.
What is rhabdomyolysis?
This strange condition appears whenever you injure your skeletal muscles. When the muscles in question are hurt, they start secreting myoglobin directly into the blood. Since the substance is toxic for kidneys, it can cause organ failure, as well as severe dehydration or random bleeding. However, rhabdomyolysis can even cause cardiac disturbances and sudden heart failure.
After working out too much, Jared ended up suffering severe muscle injury. However, this isn’t the only way you can get rhabdomyolysis. Muscle diseases are another common cause of the condition, as well as dehydration, burns, infections, low temperatures, or other kinds of seizures and injuries.
You can easily spot rhabdomyolysis through joint and muscle pain, weakness, dark-colored urine, or even seizures. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to diagnose, especially if the patient has suffered a traumatism at the muscle level. The outcome of this disease isn’t always so severe, depending on the level of myoglobin that has reached the kidneys.
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