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Oct 31, 2013 8:08 AM by Elizabeth Hill

Crossfit and Rhabdomyolysis

A lifelong, all around athlete, Lauren Turner is what most would consider to be in shape.

"I always liked high intensity activities."

Turner began Crossfit in 2010. She'd been working out, but not quite like this.

"I swam competitively in high school and that was probably the last time I had done anything high intensity."

During a particularly tough day of pushups and pullups, turner started to notice significant soreness, but she kept going with the workout.

"By the time I realized what was going on it was too late."

Turner's arms became swollen and she was admitted to the hospital. Doctors tested her CPK creatine phosphokinase levels.

"CPK will usually run from anywhere between the low teens to about 175," says emergency room doctor Michael Odinet.

"Mine were at 50,000."

Turner spent nearly a week in the hospital, diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, as doctors worked to rehydrate her body.

"You can't overhydrate while you're working out, you can only try to keep up and usually we can't even do that.

Now that she's fully recovered, Turner is back at Crossfit. She doesn't blame the workout or trainers for her injury. Turner says she simply didn't listen to her body and pushed herself too far.

"I needed more nutrients, I needed more protein and a lot more water."

"You can't go from 0 to a crossfit person five days a week, trying to do what people have been doing for three years next to them and think you're going to be ok. You're just not," says Odinet.

A mistake, Turner says, she won't make again.

"I can do a lot of things now that I couldn't do when I first started and I think that's the fun of it, competing against yourself."

 

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