Complications can result from the rapid release of cell contents into the blood. This has been known to cause damage to kidneys (acute kidney injury, AKI) and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Once diagnosed and depending on the extent of injury, a person with rhabdomyolysis may be treated with intravenous fluids and other supportive care as well as procedures used to protect organs (e.g., dialysis to prevent/limit kidney damage).
3. Should everyone with muscle pain and weakness have a CK test?
Muscle pain and weakness are common symptoms that are seen with many temporary conditions. General, routine CK testing is usually not required. However, if someone is taking a drug or has been exposed to a substance that has been linked with potential muscle damage, then CK testing may be indicated.
4. Is there anything I can do to lower my CK level?
CK levels are a reflection of muscle damage. Temporary increases are seen with strenuous exercise but are not typically a concern unless severe or combined with extreme heat or humidity. An Increase in CK that is due to exposure to a toxin or a drug can be resolved by avoiding the toxin and/or potentially stopping taking the drug or changing it. You should not, however, stop taking a medication without first consulting with your doctor. Increases in CK that are due to an underlying disease, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism, may resolve by controlling the condition.
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