Rhabdomyolysis, a rare condition, impacts the muscles of those affected. It leads to the rapid breakdown and death of muscle fibers and has a major impact on the sufferer’s life.
In some instances, it is even fatal. This is why quick action and treatment are both necessary components of a safer path forward.
Who does rhabdomyolysis affect?
This rare condition often affects members of the military, firefighters and high-endurance athletes, i.e., the people who often push their bodies to extremes. Other potential triggers include substance abuse or disease.
However, severe crush injuries and burns may also potentially trigger the onset of rhabdomyolysis. This means that sufferers of car or motorcycle crashes could end up suffering from it.
How do symptoms present?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that rhabdomyolysis has three main symptoms. They will typically occur within 1 to 3 days of the muscle injury itself. They include muscle swelling, weakness, soreness or tenderness of the muscle and urine that is tea-colored, dark brown or red.
Less common side effects can include unconsciousness, dehydration, nausea and decreased urination.
Fortunately, it is both diagnosable and treatable. Doctors can run a test of urine samples and blood samples. They can also order a muscle biopsy.
What is the prognosis?
Immediate treatment from a team of good health care providers can drastically reduce the negative effects of rhabdomyolysis. Typically, treatment involves an IV plan or even dialysis if the kidneys already began to suffer or fail.
If left untreated, rhabdomyolysis may cause kidney failure and other problems which could eventually result in death.