Have you heard of rhabdomyolysis? Health experts say intense exercise routines are leading to cases of this potential life-threatening complication. https://t.co/WU5LLEXWMe— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) June 2, 2018
Getting a daily workout is a good thing. Overexerting yourself, however, can lead to injury, and as with many things in life, exercise is best done in moderation.
But going beyond overexertion and working out beyond pain can result in a rare condition that can lead to even worse outcomes, as one teen in Texas recently found out.
Jared Shamburger, 17, was experiencing unusual pain after a 90-minute weight lifting session.
“Everything hurt. It hurt to the touch. It was swollen,” he explained, adding that his muscles were “super duper sore.”
Shamburger felt that he had to catch up to his older brother and father, who were bigger than he was (they had been weight lifting for many years before he had started). So, after getting a new gym membership, he set out to do just that.
He clearly went over his limits and found out there are real consequences to doing so.
After his mother searched Google to see if his pain was something beyond normal, she determined it was time to call his doctor, who told them to go to the hospital. It was there that Shamburger received a diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis.
Oftentimes shortened to rhabdo, the ailment occurs when muscle tissue dies, and the contents of the tissue enters the bloodstream, according to WebMD. After entering the blood, it can result in kidney failure.
The condition is extremely rare, but when it happens, it can cause serious injury — or even death.
Fortunately for Shamburger, his condition improved, and he was released from the hospital after a five-day stay.
There’s nothing wrong with having a good workout and pushing yourself to the limits. Going beyond those limits, however, and not knowing when to stop, can be quite dangerous.
If you’re looking to start working out, or are already doing so, it’s best to set up a routine that’s conducive to your own body’s needs. What works for some people won’t always work for all, and if someone you know has a workout that goes beyond your limits, don’t try to match them. Do what’s best for you, and listen to your body.
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