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article – Meet Uncle Rhabdo

Meet Uncle Rhabdo

If you are reading this, you probably have heard of Rhabdomyolisis,
specifically exertional rhabdomyolysis most commonly referred to as, Rhabdo. Most people never get the pleasure of meeting Uncle Rhabdo, but those who do seldom forget him.

In a nutshell, Rhabdo is the destruction of muscle cells due to intense exertion. This intense exertion leads to extreme muscle soreness, kidney damage, liver damage, heart damage and even death.

I don’t want to make this article all about the science behind Rhabdo, but more about who needs to be on the lookout for this sometimes scary problem.

What are the signs and Symptoms of Rhabdo? The CrossFit Journal lists the signs and symptoms of Rhabdo as the following:

  • muscle pain
  • muscle stiffness
  • extreme weakness
  • dark urine color
  • altered mental status

Written by Chris Heeb