Recently, a 28-year old man had a sore neck, so he stretched it and heard something “pop”. The left side of his body became numb and he couldn’t walk.
He was rushed to the hospital and doctors told him that he tore arteries in his neck that lead to the base of his brain.
Because he twisted his neck, he broke arteries that were weak, probably from birth.
He was intensive care for 4 days and then, went to physical therapy to treat numbness and double vision. He improved, but 2 months later, he still wore an eye patch due to damage in a nerve critical to vision.
Amazingly, he had two terrifying weeks of violent hiccups that kept him from breathing. The hiccups began because of the location of the stroke.
The bottom line? Don’t mess with your neck. If you have stiff muscles, massage gently or see a professional therapist who can get the kinks out.
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