Nausea and headaches during exercise

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Nausea and headaches during exercise

Postby aryanne » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:15 pm

I've read conflicting recommendations when it comes to exercise. I have 2 cavs, 1 thalamic, 1 pons. Lately, I'm experiencing nausea during workouts and post exertional headaches lasting hours. I certainly don't want to take any unnecessary risks but also don't want to give up something that's so important to me. Any input would be very much appreciated!
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Re: Nausea and headaches during exercise

Postby Michelle2000 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:07 am


Exercise is such an individual thing with CMs. My son loves to lift weights and is able to do so safely within a few parameters (he has to be careful to use good breathing technique). Other people experience symptoms similar to yours. Sometimes they find that if the back off for awhile they can pick up the intensity later with fewer problems. Others don't. Be careful not to do exercise that may increase the pressure inside your head. (They sometimes do yoga at my son's school- he couldn't do the poses that had his head lowered below his body). The main thing is to listen to your body and check with your doctor if you aren't sure.

Best wishes,

16 year old son with brainstem CM resected in March 2010, CM at C2-C3,
CCM2 mutation; DH, MIL, & BIL with multiples in brain and spine
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Re: Nausea and headaches during exercise

Postby Elizabeth » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:07 am

Exactly what Michelle said! Every person is different. You have to work within the parameters that feel good to you. Those two locations are places that you do not want a be careful and listen to your body for sure. My doctor gave me no limitations but I got really sick with intense exercise every time I tried after my bleed. I used to love to do kickboxing and intense exercise... Now I walk. after several episodes following exercise. ;)
Diagnosed September '09 with one CM centered in the right insular cortex/basal ganglia. Saw many, many doctors and had surgery 12/10/10 with Dr. Spetzler. I am thrilled to have this bleeding thing out of my head even though I suffered a stroke during surgery. Have had/ continue to make an amazing recovery.
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