Texas, United States.- According to Corpus Christi, the training of a woman in Texas triggered a rare but life-threatening condition that required hospitalization, according to a local report.
Jennifer Slusher told KRIS 6 News that she noticed an unusual amount of pain after a recent arm workout. A few days later, the pain progressed, causing extreme pain and swelling.
"I started having less flexibility in my arms [and] I couldn't straighten them," he told the news station.RELATED
I realized that something was really wrong "Slusher went to a local emergency room where he learned he was suffering from rhabdomyolysis, a" rare condition in which muscle cells break down and release a substance in the blood that can cause kidney failure, According to the Mayo Clinic.
More specifically, a substance called myoglobin is released into the bloodstream as muscle breakdown. However, too much myoglobin in the blood can cause kidney damage.
Myoglobin, when it reaches the kidneys, can block the small tubes inside the kidneys, which causes serious kidney damage and, in some cases, kidney failure, explains the Mayo Clinic.
The condition is often triggered by physical causes, such as a car accident or intense exercise. However, there are also genetic and chemical causes, and certain infections can also lead to the condition, according to Healthline.
The exact cause of Slusher's rhabdomyolysis case was not clarified. It is estimated that 26,000 cases of rhabdomyolysis are reported in the United States each year, according to a report on the condition.
Symptoms often include painful muscle aches, muscle weakness and / or dark "tail-colored" urine.
Slusher said she was immediately treated with intravenous fluids to remove myoglobin from the kidneys. According to Healthline, other treatments are used, such as dialysis and certain medications.
Slusher said he hopes to raise awareness about the condition. "I just think it should be part of the system that these trainers, coaches and people who train every day and lift weights need to know what it is," he said.