A young woman says she almost lost her leg after taking a high-intensity Spin Class. Kaelyn Franco, 23, took to TikTok late last month to reveal that she was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a fatal condition that involves a breakdown of muscle tissue.Franco’s video which has been viewed 3.5 million times features a photo of her swollen left leg that was taken after she concluded a class. The Massachusetts native said not me thinking I gained muscle doing a Spin Class.
Her video then dramatically cut to a photo that showed her lying in a hospital bed with tubes coming out of her body. Not me almost losing my leg and life the next day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rhabdo occurs when damaged muscle tissue releases proteins and electrolytes into the blood. These substances can damage the heart and kidneys and cause permanent disability or even death.
Symptoms of rhabdo include severe muscle cramps and pain, as well dark urine that is often cola-colored. In a separate Instagram post, Franco explained that her legs immediately buckled when she got off the spin bike. Her leg subsequently swelled up, and her urine was discolored.
Approximately 26,000 people develop rhabdo each year. In 2016, the American Journal of Medicine published an article titled “A Public Health Concern. Spin Class-Induced Rhabdomyolysis.” The study focused on three people who developed the condition after Spin Class.
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