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Rhabdomyolysis

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I ended up in the hospital with a CK level of 34000 after doing over 300 push ups for PT. We received a new plt sgt and all we did was run everyday 3-5 miles (no stretching) to include thursdays and also our post had change PT to the afternoon. We did nothing but run for about two weeks and out of no where he wanted to do something call 7Heaven. This happen on a tuesday so throughout the week I was thinking I just had soreness on my triceps. That Friday my wife force me to go to the hospital because i could not feed myself or hold my newborn and had a pulsating pain. I was hospitalize for about two days and five days of convalescent leave. I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyolisis and later when I had another episode be call by doctors as chronic rhabdomyolisis. Since than when any time I even do 20 push ups or anything physical that requires me to lift things or be on my feet for majority of the day... my legs begin to hurt (my second episode was because my legs we hurting my ck levels went high.)

Well the problem I am facing is that the rheumatologist is saying that I could not have gotten rhabdo (that high of a level or chronic) just from exercising that there must be something else. He I am currently pending approval to go to the University Center in Scottsdale, AZ to see a muscle specialist and testing. Because that is what the second neurologist that I've seen recommends. He (rheumatologist) also mention that I might now be able to stay in because of the rhabdo and that he had already discharge three other soldier for high ck levels even with undiagnose reason. I cannot find any information if I will recieve medical benefits and/or compensation or if I can be medically retired because of this. I asked the doctor if I would receive benefits after if I get discharge he said yes but I well know that he is not the approving authority.

By the way I have always been able to do physically demanding activities such as 6.2miles ruck/run......always passed my APFT....I've always been strong....I am currently in the 25 series but I use to be 88M and had no problem being part of a HET platoon for two deployments.

I don't have any family history of muscle problems. Everyone that hears about this always mentions that it's something related to individuals just joining. I have seven years active duty. DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING RELATED TO MY SITUATION?

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Medline is a good source for medical info-

I guess the rheumatologist never read this:

http://www.medicinenet.com/rhabdomyolysis/article.htm#causes

http://www.va.gov/vetapp10/Files4/1034728.txt

This BVA case on remand for this condition will show you what the VA is lookng for in these claims.

Make sure as much symptoms and diagnosis is in your SMRs and/or on your Discharge certificate when you leave the Mil.

http://www.va.gov/vetapp10/Files1/1008253.txt This case shows hpow VA must use an analogous rating for this condition.

If you have had the dark urine in service,make sure that is documented if you can.

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