Life After Rhabdomyolysis

A little more than a year ago, I received a call from my doctor urgently requesting me to rush to the ER. I later found out that I was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis. Ever since then, my life has completely changed. I ask myself every day, “Why me? Why? Will I ever get better?”

Just kidding. I never asked myself any of that within the past year. Sorry if I scared you with that introduction. I just wanted to be a little dramatic with this since I’m not a dramatic person in general.

All kidding aside, it has been a little more than a year since I was told by my doctor that I had rhabdomyolysis. My friends like to say that I had robocop on my arms. No one really knows how to say rhabdomyolysis so they say robocop.


If you have no idea what I’m talking about right now, check out my original post called I Have Rhabdomyolysis.

After leaving the ER, I was required to not work out for two to three months. I was only allowed to go for short walks but nothing too strenuous. Hearing that made me feel physically paralyzed.

So what happened exactly after rhabdomyolysis? Well, first thing was first. I wanted my money back from the crossfit gym! I sure got a full refund once I gave them my doctor’s note that I had rhabdomyolysis. Then I started to hydrate myself more. I was more conscious about drinking enough water to just hydrate myself on a daily basis.

Ever since then, I stopped believing in working out. Just kidding. There was a long period where I didn’t work out intensely. Instead, I did some brisk walks around the lake and took dance classes like tap and hip-hop. Majority of my time in 2014 was focused on food and social media. I may have gone out to eat a little too much but hey, I always had a good time eating with my friends and created countless memorable moments!

I must tell you that something always happens to me when I work out. For example in 2012, I did a 10k run in Chino Hills. I wrote a post about this race and how my foot was swollen from training. I may have overworked out or I was running improperly so that may have caused inflammation in my foot. At the end, my foot healed on time for me to survive the 10k run without having to call an ambulance in the middle of the race. After that, I never wanted to commit to a 10k.

Then 2013 was the year of crossfit. You all know what happened there. No need to explain much.

Now, there’s 2014. In the fall, I decided to get back in shape. I started doing Blogilates, hiking every morning at 7am, and running throughout the week. Thankfully, I haven’t had any injuries since I started being active again for the third year in a row.

I just realized that I always start working out in the fall. It just happens subconsciously and coincidentally, I guess.

After being injured two years in a row, I knew I couldn’t get hurt for the third time. I can’t afford it anymore! I love working out and pushing myself hard to find the most satisfaction, but that’s not always healthy. This time around, I just had to be easy on myself, listen to my body, and respect its limits. And what do you know, I’m feeling healthy!

Let me be clear that I’m not against doing 10ks or crossfit. I’m an advocate of working out as long as you know how much you can actually handle. I still think crossfit is great because of the various workout combinations you go through and there’s always someone to push you compared to going to a gym. When you have a gym pass, it’s usually you and yourself, and you can easily cheat your way through without solid accountability.

If you end up joining a crossfit gym, make sure the facility is spacious and safe. It’s important that there’s enough space for you to workout with the equipments and the people around you. Hopefully, your class isn’t big or else that can affect how effectively you can workout. Also, it’s important that the instructors are good. Good as in they know how to take care of their athletes physically and mentally. They know how to listen, motivate, and push the athletes to a certain extent. They too should know their limits.

I’m sure you won’t get rhabdomyolysis like I did unless you’re in beast mode-level 10 when you’re working out. If somehow you end up getting rhabdomyolysis and end up with similar symptoms I had, you will most likely survive from it. Remember, I’m a survivor, I’m not gon give up, I’m not gon stop, I’m gon work harder! Once again, that was a Destiny’s Child reference if you didn’t get it from the original  post.

I really appreciate everyone’s concern about my health condition when all of this happened. Everyone was shocked when they heard my story which is understandable. I still don’t think it was that big of a deal because I have yet to tell my mom about it. This whole thing is funny because anytime I’m feeling sick, my friends will somehow revert back to my robocop days. I’ll usually say, “Um…that happened a year ago. I just have the cold, bro.” Rhabdomyolysis in my case was only temporary. So temporary that I’m perfectly fine to run 5 miles now! No joke.

With the new year here, you may be setting new fitness goals or renewing them. Whatever you do, please don’t be so hard on yourself! Everyone needs to take a break here and there so make sure to take care of yourself. I do and don’t believe in new years resolutions but my lifetime goal is to stay healthy. I hope that is your lifetime goal also!

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