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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis is a potentially fatal condition caused by the breakdown of muscle fibers and leaking of muscle contents into the blood. Crush damage, overexertion, alcohol misuse, some drugs and poisonous substances are the most common causes.

Symptoms related to rhabdomyolysis

  • Muscle pain

  • Muscle pain in the limbs when pressed or squeezed

  • Fever

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Taking medication for high cholesterol

  • Fatigue

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Bloody or red urine

Questions your doctor may ask to check for rhabdomyolysis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose rhabdomyolysis

  • Do you have any muscle pain?

  • Do you have pain in the arm and the leg when they are grasped?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have pain in your arms and/or legs?

  • Are you currently taking cholesterol-lowering medications?

Treatment for rhabdomyolysis

Treatment of rhabdomyolysis includes fluids and electrolytes injected through a vein to flush the toxins out of the fluid. Physical therapy can help you strengthen the muscles after an initial period of rest.

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