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What is Rhabdomyolysis? — Home GP for Rhabdomyolysis in Costa del Sol

Home GP for Rhabdomyolysis in Costa del Sol

Rhabdomyolysis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a direct or indirect muscle injury. It occurs when muscle fibres die and their contents are released into the bloodstream.  This can result in serious complications like kidney failure. This means that waste and concentrated urine can't be removed by the kidneys. Rhabdomyolysis can be fatal in extreme cases. However, prompt treatment often yields positive results. Here's what you need to know about rhabdomyolysis and when to call our home GP for Rhabdomyolysis in Costa del Sol.


What is Rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis (also known as rhabdo) is a potentially fatal or permanently disabled medical condition. Rhabdo develops when muscle tissue is damaged and the proteins and electrolytes it contains are released into the bloodstream. These substances can damage the heart and kidneys and cause death. Heat exposure, overwork, and direct trauma (e.g., a fall) can cause rhabdo in the workplace.  Anyone can get rhabdo, but certain jobs increase the risk.

Early treatment can prevent serious health problems and improve your chances of a quick recovery and return to work. 

When to call our home GP for Rhabdomyolysis in Costa del Sol

Rhabdomyolysis can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms can be vague. This is mostly accurate because the cause of rhabdomyolysis can have a significant impact on how far the condition progresses.  In addition, symptoms can be localised to one part of the body or they can spread throughout the entire body. In addition, complications are possible both in the early and later stages.

Rhabdomyolysis symptoms consist of three categories: muscle pain in the shoulders, thighs, or lower back; muscle weakness or difficulty moving the arms and legs; and dark red or brown urine or decreased urination. These three categories are referred to as the "classic triad." Bear in mind that some people with the condition may not experience any symptoms related to their muscles at all.

Additional common symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness, dehydration, fever, or loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Fever and rapid heartbeat

 If you have any of the symptoms described above call our home GP for Rhabdomyolysis in Costa del Sol