Rhabdomyolysis is a condition whereby damaged muscle tissue breaks down such that its fibrous content into the bloodstream, thus leading to various systemic anomalies. Some of the muscle cells released are harmful to other organs, especially myoglobin, which is detrimental vis-a-vis kidney function. Rhabdomyolysis usually occurs in the aftermath of physical trauma to muscles, drug abuse, heredity muscle diseases and certain lengthy surgical procedures. In certain cases, it may not produce many symptoms. However, it is capable of causing complications that can severely affect one’s health. Therefore, one must be wary of the following signs which may be symptomatic of rhabdomyolysis.
1. Discoloured Urine
One of the most distinctive symptoms of rhabdomyolysis is the discolouration of urine. Urine assumes a dark hue, often described as a “tea-coloured” fluid. In a lot of cases, this is mistaken as blood in the urine, which has its own implications. However, with proper testing and observation of urine under a microscope, no blood cells shall be found. Instead, it is myoglobin which colours the urine, giving it a dark brown tinge.