May 30, 2012; Paris, France: Melanie Oudin (USA) reacts during her second round match against Sara Errani (ITA) on day four of the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros. Errani won 6-2 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mulane-USA TODAY Sports

Melanie Oudin has rare muscle condition


Tennis player Melanie Oudin is most known for her surprising run in the 2009 U.S. Open, in which she beat Maria Sharapova among others to reach the quarterfinals. Outside of that tournament, she isn’t a household name in the world of tennis. She is currently ranked 129th in the world, and has been on a decline ever since. Well, now there is a probable reason behind her decline.

From ESPN,

Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN) says she has a muscle-damaging condition that may be caused by intense exertion.

Oudin has written on her Twitter feed that her “off season is a little paused at the moment” because of the ailment, called rhabdomyolysis (rab-doe-my-OL-uh-sis), and she is “doing everything possible for a speedy” recovery.

Rhabdomyolysis is nothing to joke about, it is a debilitating condition that can weaken a person very quickly.

Heavy exertion can cause muscle cells to leak enzymes and protein into the blood. Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis can include muscle pain and severe cases can lead to kidney damage.

Here’s to a safe recovery Melanie.

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