Rhabdomyolysis can be an incredibly frustrating condition. The condition can sideline someone from working out for weeks to months. In worst case scenario rhabdo can lead to dialysis, coma, or even death. This guide to rhabdo can help to understand causes, symptoms, treatment, and rhabdomyolysis recovery.

Understanding Rhabdorhabdo, when to return to activity after rhabdomyolysis

Chances are you’re only reading this if you or someone you know has succumbed to rhabdo.  The swelling in the arms or legs, the coke colored urine, the fatigue or weakness could have all been clues that something wasn’t right. Maybe the symptoms were more severe. In any cause, one might be wondering what caused your body to breakdown muscle. In all likelihood, it’s probably because of a strenuous workout and inadequate nutrition prior to, during, and after a workout. Strenuous exercise isn’t always the culprit for causing rhabdo. Rhabdomyolysis can be quite complicated and completely unrelated to working out altogether. That’s why I put together this guide of understanding rhabdomyolysis so you can understand causes and what happens inside the human body when rhabdo occurs.

Rhabdomyolysis Prevention and Treatment In Athletes

Rhabdomyolysis can range from feelings of generalized weakness to death. It’s a pretty big variation isn’t it? If you’ve landed in the emergency room because of rhabdo you’ve likely had intravenous fluids and perhaps even stayed a few nights in the hospital. One of the best case scenarios for rhabdo is simple IV rehydration. Unfortunately, the breakdown of muscle tissue can be incredibly toxic to the kidneys. Kidney damage can require someone to go through emergent dialysis. These toxins if not removed from the body can cause a coma or even death. That’s why it’s essential that every athlete understands how to prevent rhabdomyolysis.  To help people understand rhabdo, I put together a guide of simple things that you can do to prevent rhabdo.   This guide will also help to understand what kind of treatment can be expected for rhabdomyolysis.

How Soon Can You Return To Physical Activity After Rhabdo?

Rhabdomyolysis recovery can be brutal. Recovery requires a tremendous amount of patience, adequate nutrition, and a slow progression of strength and fitness training. Many people become incredibly frustrated with the slow arduous process that rhabdomyolysis recovery entails. “How long until I get back to my baseline fitness levels?” is what most people ask. Unfortunately, once a person has had rhabdo, the odds of having it again are higher than for those who have never had it. This guide to rhabdomyolysis recovery highlights some of the key points that a person needs to adhere to when looking to recovery options.

Recovering to pre-rhabdo fitness levels can be incredibly frustrating. The process can be quite different for everyone. For some people time won’t take that long and for others it can take months. This is how one woman got back to her pre-rhabdo Crossfit levels of fitness.

Have you ever had rhabdo? I’d love to hear your rhabdo stories. How did you get it? What do you think contributed to it if anything? Have you ever gotten back to your pre-rhabdo fitness levels? How long did it take you?