Sep 26, 2013 at 02:04:18
“Luckily for all you fine folks, I've actually had rhabdo. I'm one of the few documented cases this year. So perhaps I can shed some light on this.
First, rhabdo is no joke, and it's a little scary. I got it in April after an intense workout involving pull ups in a one-on-one session with my brother who is an instructor at a very good local CrossFit box. This particular routine was designed more for him than me as I'm not nearly in the shape he is. I chose to workout with him because I wanted to. In fact, I didn't feel bad after the workout. I felt great, really. But I started experiencing very intense muscle pain and eventually edema in my arms.
I was "reportedly the 6th person in the country to go to the hospital that year from a Crossfit rhabdo injury. Whether or not that's true, I honestly don't know.
My CK (creatine kinase) levels were over 77,000 units where a normal level is something like 60-130. People experience muscle soreness at about 300 units. So that should give you an idea of the muscle breakdown. I had been drinking lots of water when I noticed something was wrong.
I was in the hospital for three days. ICU. It sucked. But what really sucked is all I got was bag of sodium bicarbonate pumped into my arm. I didn't get as much as a Tylenol when I was in the hospital.”
JahMekI on Sep 26, 2013 at 07:08:56
“That bag of sodium bicarbonate was a shot in the dark, especially with your levels so high, to prevent keto-acidosis.
The amino acids (amino acids are the smallest protein molecules) from the broken down muscles may have already began to deaminate (split), thus needing an alkali for neutralization (10th grade chemistry), ergo the NaHCO3.”