Rhabdomyolysis - Symptoms

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Published: May 29

I have excessive muscle strain in shoulder region because of rhabdomyolysis. I cannot hold my arm up for a long period of time or hold my purse or carry groceries for a long period of time..

Published: April 15

I am a 54 year old female who has been taking blood pressure medicines for about 16 years. But 3 years ago after a yearly physical my primary care physician (PCP) prescribed different statins because of elevated cholesterol, simvastatin, then pravastatin. Then about 1 month ago I developed what I thought was the flu. But upon arriving in the emergency room (ER), I was giving an EKG, chest x-rays, and lab work to find out I had pneumonia of my left lung, rhabdomyolysis, and a dangerously low potassium level. It will be 2 weeks tomorrow since I was discharged, and I am still very weak. The ER attending physician suspects that the rhabdomyolysis was caused by the pravastatin. I have since seen my PCP, and all he did was take me off the statin and suggest I drink more fluids. I'm confused the hospital made me think my diagnoses were serious, but my doctor didn't suggest any treatments at all..