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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Rhabdomyolysis is a condition where injured muscles release harmful substances into the bloodstream. These substances include potassium, phosphate, creatinine kinase, and myoglobin. Large amounts of these substances may damage your kidneys and other organs.
Call 911 if:
- You have chest pain.
- Your heart is beating faster than usual or has a strange rhythm.
Return to the emergency department if:
- Your urine is dark or tea-colored or has blood in it.
- You have pain, swelling, or weakness in your arms or legs that does not go away or gets worse.
- You are urinating less than usual or not able to urinate.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return to have blood tests done. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Drink liquids as directed. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Drink more liquids if you are doing strenuous work, exercise, and if it is warm outside. Liquids help flush substances from your body.
- Do not drink alcohol. Heavy alcohol use may increase your risk for rhabdomyolysis.
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