Sorry for the delay in my response. I haven't checked the site for awhile.
To answer your questions, I figured out I had it within four days of the injury via my web search but did not have it confirmed until a week after the date of the injury. I had the necessary blood work done that day but did not get results until three days later. At that point, I had my doctor's attention and everything moved pretty quick.
I did not have to be hospitalized although I did get a trip to the emergency room for an IV when my cpk (muscle enzyme) levels continued to climb after a week. I did not have any kidney issues which was good and I found that while my levels were high, they were nothing compared to some that the sports medicine doctor I eventually saw for treatment had seen in the past. My highest read was 6100. It's supposed to be between 0-308. She has treated patients with levels between 50 to 100k.
As for treatment, it has been fluid and rest. No arm exercises for eight weeks. I just started back two weeks ago and what I can do is pretty lame. Sets of 3-5 pushups and curls with 2.5 pounds of weight. The doctor I saw was a sports medicine specialist and said it would take six months for a full recovery. There is no set plan and no real test group in my age bracket to go off of as it usually happens to people much younger. I was told to just start slow with the affected muscle group and work up. It's very frustrating.
Two months later, I still have issues with arm fatigue and cramping caused by compartmentalization. I'm not sure what the long term recovery will be but will follow up with my physician in a month if I don't start seeing significant improvement in the fatigue/pain areas. Hope that helps.View Thread
This is not muscle building. I am going through this now and the swelling may be from a condition called rhabdomyolosis or rhabdo. While usually caused by crush trauma it is also caused by over exertion and can be dangerous if untreated. I overdid a conditioning class at my gym and that caused my arms to swell as your describing. A web search gave me the possible cause.
It is discovered through a blood test for muscle enzymes (cpk) caused when the muscle membranes are overstressed and release myoglobin into the blood stream. This can cause kidney failure in some cases if not treated. If your urine is tea colored, head to the emergency room. You will need to have an IV to lower the enzyme levels in the blood stream.
There is quite a bit of info on the crossfit and livestrong sites regarding this issue. My doctor was not familiar with it and went through the roof when I asked her to check and my cpk level was twenty times higher than the normal acceptable level. No joke. The ER doctors were at least familiar with it and knew what to do.
Still going through the treatment and have been restricted to no exercise at all for at least another week til the levels are normal. Not even a walk. Hope this helps someone. I never heard of it before.View Thread