I read about Christopher Michael Everett in CNN, I don’t know him, neither have I ever met him. He is an actor in LA, California. I feel we should all read his story.
One day he decided to join his first “Spinning Class”, he gave it his all. He sat in the front of the class, cranked the resistance on his bike and started pedaling.
Within the first five to 10 minutes, his thighs began to hurt and feel abnormal. But he powered through the pain and stuck it out until the end of the class.
“They say go big or go home. I probably should have went home” said Everett.
For the rest of the day, he felt OK, but the following night was marred by excruciating thigh pain. Unable to sleep, he searched for “Spin class and sore legs” and came across a personal account written by a woman who needed to go to the hospital after a cycling class for a condition called Rhabdomyolysis.
Everett immediately went to the ER and was diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis. He stayed in the hospital for a week.
My intention is not to scare you from working out, yes it still the best way to keep yourself fit, healthy and disease free. I want all of us to know about pains, discomforts and side effects of high intensity workout and what we need to do to prevent it.
What is pains, discomforts and side effects of high intensity workout and what we need to do to prevent it.?
I have been working out for almost a decade plus, but I have never heard about Rhabdomyolysis. I am not a medical expert so the best this I can do is to Google it.
In laymen’s terms, Rhabdomyolysis quite literally means “breakdown of muscle,” said Dr. Derek Fine, associate professor of medicine and interim chief of nephrology at Johns Hopkins Medicine. When the muscle breaks down, it releases myoglobin, a protein that can poison the kidneys, into the bloodstream.
The condition is caused by any type of trauma to the muscle. Strenuous exercise is also one common culprit of for this Rhabdomyolysis.
The initial symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis can be subtle. They’re not specific and may mimic other conditions. The symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis include:
- Severe muscle pain, that is strictly different from muscle soreness
- Severe muscle pain, that lasts longer than two days and becomes worse rather than better
- Soft, flabby, swollen muscles
- Loss of muscle tone
- Red-brown urine
What causes Rhabdomyolysis?
Strenuous exercise is not the only reason for Rhabdomyolysis. It is triggered by muscle injury.
This injury can have physical, chemical or genetic causes.
Worst Case Scenario
The American Journal of Medicine released a study on three cases of Rhabdomyolysis that were caused by spinning classes. In one case, a 33-year-old kindergarten teacher was put on dialysis when she had kidney failure and experienced fluid overload from her hydration treatment.
If the condition is really severe, the kidneys may shut down, and the patient could end up on dialysis. With kidney failure comes the risk of an overload of potassium in the body, which could lead to abnormal heart rhythms and death.
Another potential symptom of Rhabdomyolysis is compartment syndrome, which is when muscles swell and are unable to expand. In some cases, surgery is needed to release pressure from the muscle.
Tips for preventing Rhabdomyolysis
You can prevent Rhabdomyolysis by drinking plenty of fluids before and after strenuous exercise. This will dilute your urine and help your kidneys eliminate any myoglobin that your muscles may have released during exercise.
If you have an existing degenerative muscle condition or have sustained damage to your muscle after a recent trauma, you can prevent Rhabdomyolysis by staying well-hydrated at all times. Carry a full refillable water bottle with you at all times so you can make sure you’ll have access to something to drink. Drink whenever you begin to feel thirsty, and don’t wait until your thirst increases.
Rhabdomyolysis can occur at any age and in both men and women.
To avoid the condition, it is important to be slow and gradual when beginning a new type of workout. When going to a class, you should tell the instructor if you are new, and make sure to hydrate before, during and after exercising.
If you feel pain during your workout, stop it and restart only after you feel good. If your trainer is pushing you, ask him/her to slow down. You should know your limits and gradually increase your limits.
Just remember “no pain ≠ no gain”
If your pain persist or any symptoms are showing, kindly visits a doctor, if you are not sure which specialized doctor to visit, ask for assistance with your symptoms or visit with a Sport Medicine or Orthopaedic specialist.
Hustled by Sanjeev Saikia – a die-hard gym enthusiast, a mountain-climber, a wannabe runner – based out of Taiwan and Singapore. You can direct all your weight loss queries at firstname.lastname@example.org