Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    ELEVATED CPK LEVELS
    avatar
    mrstapleton posted:
    My 20yr old son overdosed in 10/2011 and was on life support for 5 days. At that time, his cpk levels were 80,000(dx w/rhabdomyolysis) and dropped upon release to 8,000. However, his cpk levels have never returned to normal. His levels are now around 4300 and he is in constant pain and can not lift over 30#'s on his left side. The left side of his body seems to be affected the most. The neurologist has shown concern regarding renal and heart failure. I am concerned about how serious and the prognosis if the levels remain the same. The neurologist has not discussed things in depth for him other than just weekly office visits. How serious is the risk of heart and kidney failure if levels remain at 4300? The doctor has not mentioned any concerns with his physical activities or limitations. My son currently works in landscaping and worried that we are causing more damage and that it will result in an emergency situation. Looking to be proactive and understand the extent of concern with these chronic cpk levels. Please.....any advice will help educate myself to have a better understanding.
    Reply
     
    avatar
    Olivia_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi mrstapleton!

    I wish I could help with specific information, but since everyone's medical history is different we can only provide general information.

    Here is a reference piece on Cardiac Enzyme Studies that gives a good rundown on CPK levels and what they mean. I hope it will be helpful to you as you talk to your son's doctor about his prognosis.

    Let us know how he's doing.

    Take care,
    Olivia


    Helpful Tips

    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Helpful Resources

    Be the first to post a Resource!

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.