How an 'intense' workout almost killed young woman

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Kiana Alvarez thought the pain she was in was brought on after CrossFit. But when it worsened to the point of excruciating, she knew it was something more.
Kiana Alvarez thought the pain she was in was brought on after CrossFit. But when it worsened to the point of excruciating, she knew it was something more.

Forget "no pain, no gain" - training too hard at the gym left a 23-year-old make-up artist desperately sick in hospital. Kiana Alvarez found herself in this nightmare two days after an intense 90-minute workout.

She remembers doing a "heavy session", including abdominal work, but nothing to cause the excruciating pain across her stomach and back that kept her hunched over and unable to take a full breath.

Ms Alvarez went to her GP and was eventually diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a potentially life-threatening syn­drome caused by muscle cells breaking down and bursting, leaking contents into the bloodstream.

Often called "Rhabdo", the rare syndrome causes kidney failure and heart damage, and is known to ­affect athletes who do high-intensity or extreme endurance workouts.

Ms Alvarez said she is far from an extreme athlete but someone who cares about staying fit and healthy, so if she can get so sick from ­exercise, then anyone can.

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