PETALING JAYA – A woman unknowingly pushed her body to the brink of a total breakdown and had to be hospitalised for six days after attending her first Flycycle class.
In a Facebook post, Shern Lynn detailed her harrowing experience of crossing paths with rhabdomyolysis, a medical condition that occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases proteins and electrolytes into the blood, which may lead to disability or death.
It has been a long time since I’ve done extreme exercise, and it cost me six days in the hospital.
“I went for my first class on Jan 10 and only exercised for 15 minutes due to exhaustion. I even slowed myself down as I didn’t want to push through my limits,” she wrote.
After the class, she felt weak in her legs and found it hard to stand upright but was told that it was normal for first-timers like her.
The next day, Shern Lynn began experiencing muscle aches and assumed that it was the result of strenuous exercise.
However, her panic gradually grew as the pain became more excruciating each day and even caused her to suffer a few sleepless nights.
On the third day (Jan 14), I was shocked to see my urine turning as dark as soy sauce and after a quick Google search, I suspected that I was suffering from rhabdomyolysis.
“I was then admitted to the hospital and a blood test revealed that my creatine kinase (CK) value was more than 1000, five times more than the optimal level of 200 according to the doctor,” she wrote.
For the next five days, Shern Lynn has subjected a regiment of IV drips, blood tests and tons of water. Thankfully, her CK value went back to the normal range on Wednesday (Jan 19).
She ended her post by urging everyone to practice moderation in picking their mode of exercise.
“Trendy exercise doesn’t suit every person. Better choose it wisely, everyone.”
She also told WeirdKaya that she hopes Flycycle instructors would warn eager participants about the risks before signing themselves up for it.
Check out her post here.
*Special thanks to Shern Lynn for sharing her story.
Cover image via FB/ ShernLynn
Editor: Sarah Yeoh