HOUSTON, Tx. – With summer basically here, many people are hitting the gym, but that soreness the next day could signal a bigger problem.
It’s a syndrome that can affect all ages, but in this case, it affected a teenage boy pumping overtime to catch up to Dad and big brother. 17-year-old Jared Shamburger just got a new gym membership with his family, but the most exercise he can do right now is bending his arms slightly.
After an intense arm workout last week, the soreness and swelling weren’t going away. Shamburger was hospitalized for five days with rhabdomyolysis. It causes a breakdown of muscle tissue, releasing a damaging protein into the blood, possibly damaging the kidneys. In extreme cases it can also cause death.
“I’ve gotta catch up to them, get as big as them. I gotta go hard, fast. It was super duper sore, everything hurt.,” Shamburger said. “It hurt to touch, it was swollen. The farthest I could move was to here and I was like, this is not right.”
He is expected to make a full recovery, and even says he plans to get back in the gym soon. But his family hopes others will be aware that extreme muscle pain, weakness and severe swelling after intense exercise may warrant a trip to the doctor. Other causes include use of drugs, viral infections and bacterial infections. Traumatic events like a car accident, electrical shock, or a venomous bite can also cause rhabdo.