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January 11, 2018

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Dr. Marcelo Campos works as a primary care doctor at Atrius Health. He is a lecturer at Harvard Medical School and a clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Campos completed medical school … See Full Bio
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Paul Burgess
January 29, 2018

This really needs greater awareness – I suffered from this a year or so ago following an intense session with a personal trainer in the UK. My legs were incredibly sore after doing something like 200 plus squats with and without weights. The personal trainer actually told me it was going to hurt afterwards but just to take ibuprofen to make it feel better! After 2 days of pain and one incident of passing very dark urine (cola coloured!) I called the NHS non-emergency line who advised to see a doctor asap.

The initial diagnosis was possible kidney stones as evidence of blood in urine was found in a sample. After giving a small blood sample I was sent home for a day or so – only to be called by the hospital who admitted me for 4 nights. Thankfully I just need a course of fluids and monitoring but my initial blood test showed very high levels of creatine kinase (CK) – first reading was nearly 9000 u/l!!

My local GP hadn’t heard of it before and almost none of the people that I knew who were ‘serious’ gym people knew of it. The only person who knew a lot about it was someone who worked with race horses – as its a very common issue.

Thankfully for me – no permanent issues, but with the potential irrecoverable damage to kidney function, its a good one for people to be aware of.

Ang patty
January 17, 2018

Brilliant details just about to signup for some gym sessions this has being of great 👍 help

Tammy Lynn McNabb
January 12, 2018

I’m glad you pointed out the importance of drinking plenty of water and not just for obvious reasons. We are really focusing on water intake to our viewers and TV show followers.

Great article!

Tammy-Lynn McNabb

Marcelo Campos
January 13, 2018

Thank you Tammy,
You made a good point. Just plain water. Simple and important

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