A woman is warning people on social media after she developed a rare condition following a spin class that almost cost her her leg.
“Not me thinking I gained muscle doing a spin class,” Franco captioned a photo on TikTok of her after the class, followed by a second of her in the hospital the following day, reading, “Not me almost losing my leg and life the next day.”
Franco was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, also known as rhabdo. Rhabdomyolysis “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,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Symptoms of the condition include dark urine, severe muscle cramps, and feeling weak or tired — all symptoms Franco displayed.
Franco later developed acute compartment syndrome as well, and she underwent emergency surgery to have the muscles that were breaking down into her bloodstream removed. The surgery ultimately saved her leg and her life.
About 26,000 people develop rhabdomyolysis each year, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
“Seeing my loved ones cry when my surgeon said that this surgery had just saved my life was something I’ll never forget,” Franco wrote on Instagram. “Although my leg will never be the same and I’ll have lifelong complications from this, I am lucky and I am so grateful. I am alive and my leg was saved.”
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