WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 17-year-old boy from Texas reportedly acquired a life-threatening illness after working out in the gym too much.
- Jared Shamburger was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a condition caused by overexertion.
- The teen was hospitalized for five days in order to recuperate.
Jared Shamburger shared how he got rhabdomyolysis. Jared said he first started feeling unusually sore all over after continuously lifting weights for 90 minutes, news station KTRK reported. This happened last week at a Houston-area gym.
“Everything hurt,” the teen recalled. “It hurt to the touch. It was swollen.”
The 17-year-old said he just recently joined the gym but he was trying to “go hard fast” so he can buff up like his father and older brother. The teen wanted to compete with the two, both of whom had been bodybuilders for years.
“I gotta catch up to them and get as big as them,” the teen told the local media.
But when the soreness didn’t fade away, his mother called a doctor.
His mother, Judy Shamburger said: “The mama bear in me kind of took over and I called the pediatrician and said, ‘I really think my son has rhabdo,’” referring to rhabdomyolysis.
Healthline describes rhabdomyolysis as the breakdown of damaged skeletal muscle. It causes muscle tissues to die quickly and release a damaging protein, called myoglobin, into the bloodstream. Too much myoglobin can lead to kidney damage.
The doctor confirmed the mother’s suspicions so Jared was admitted to the hospital and was inpatient for five days.
Overexertion can lead to rhabdomyolysis and if not treated, it can lead to death.
“If he hadn’t caught it, if he hadn’t told me, if we had just gone out of town about our way. I can’t even imagine. And I don’t want to, about what could have happened,” Judy said.
Source: New York Post