A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Rhabdomyolysis
I had a question the other day about rhabdomyolysis.
Rhabdomyolysis is a serious syndrome due to a muscle injury.
It happens when your muscle fibers break down and release their contents into your bloodstream.
This can lead to complications like kidney failure where your kidneys can’t remove waste and urine.
In rare cases, rhabdomyolysis can even cause death.
But, prompt treatment usually has a good outcome.
There are many causes of rhabdomyolysis.
The most common causes are:
>The use of alcohol or illegal drugs like cocaine or amphetamines
>Extreme muscle strain, especially in an untrained athlete. This can happen in elite athletes too. And it can be more dangerous if there’s more muscle mass to break down.
>A crush injury like from a car accident, fall, or building collapse
>Long-lasting muscle compression caused by lying unconscious on a hard surface during illness or while under the influence of alcohol or medication
>The use of drugs like corticosteroids or statins, especially when given in high doses
Other rhabdomyolysis causes include:
>Electrical shock injury, lightning strike, or third-degree burn
>A very high body temperature or heat stroke
>Viral infections like the flu, HIV, or herpes simplex virus
A previous history of rhabdomyolysis also increases your risk of having rhabodomyolysis again.
Signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis may be hard to pinpoint.
This is mainly because the course of rhabdomyolysis varies, depending on its cause.
And, symptoms may occur in one part of your body or affect your whole body.
Also, complications may occur in early and later stages.
Common signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis are:
>Painful, swollen, bruised, or tender areas of your body
>Muscle weakness or trouble moving arms or legs
>General feelings of illness
>Nausea or vomiting
>Confusion, dehydration, fever, or lack of consciousness
>Dark-colored urine; reduced or no urine output
Blood and urine tests can help diagnose rhabdomyolysis.
Early complications of rhabdomyolysis may include very high levels of potassium in your blood, which can lead to an irregular heartbeat or cardiac arrest.
Early diagnosis and treatment are important for a full recovery.
If you have rhabdomyolysis, you’ll be admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Treatment with intravenous fluids helps prevent kidney failure.
You’ll need ongoing treatment to maintain urine production.
If kidney failure occurs, you’ll need filtering of waste products using dialysis.
To deal with rhabdomyolysis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 8-10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Avoid all meats and animal protein products until you’re healed. Animal protein contains uric acid, which puts undue strain on your kidneys. Don’t eat gravies, oils, fats, sugar, or rich or highly processed foods.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you’re taking or considering.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
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