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Vertebral Artery Dissection w/ blood clot and exercise. Weight lifting okay?

I fell a few weeks ago and after terrible headaches had an MRI.  MRI revealed a vertebral artery dissection and a 3" blood clot going from C2 to C6.  I'm on Coumadin and still experiencing terrible headaches.  My Neurologist said I should not lift any weights or strain myself in any way.  I was wondering if using light weights and doing light aerobics would be okay?  I am used to working out 5 days a week and performing at a pretty challenging pace.  Now I've been allowed to only walk - no weights.  I've managed to actually lose some weight, but worried it might be muscle - even though my scales show the same percentage of body fat.  Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. ~Hazel~
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Please note that this is a patient-to-patient forum only.  Because your question has to do with a Neurological issue, we suggest you post your question in our free Neurology Forum, where Neurologists from the Cleveland Clinic will see it and reply.

Wishing you all the best,

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hey!

<a href="http://www.online-health-source.info/General-Health/Understanding-Blood-Clots/">Understanding-Blood-Clots</a> might help answer some questions you have.

Good luck and be safe!
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Hi -- I too was / am? a very active person before my VAD diagnosis.

I was getting headaches after weightlifting and then had an episode of memory loss which led to MRIs and my VAD diagnosis.

My current neurologist said that I would probably never left weights again... But that just does not make a lot of sense to me.  Overall strength should always be a good thing, right?

Furthermore, they told me that running -- even trail running -- as well as skiing is just fine...  Again, I just don't quite understand the whys of what they are allowing.

I am looking for a new neurologist to either adequately explain why I shouldn't lift weights or give me guidelines for lifting safely.

I am sorry I don't have any answers to your questions...  But responded since... it is indeed generally true that misery loves company....


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