Man has stroke while popping his neck

Vertebral artery

"The moment I heard the pop, everything on my left side started to go numb", said Josh Hader. "He wasn't able to walk straight".

Hader told DailyMail.com that doctors told him that, as he cracked his neck, he had twisted it so quickly, that he had accidentally torn a blood vessel leading from his neck to his brain, which caused the stroke.

The walker is put away, but he still has trouble with his left leg.

Doctors say Hader's stroke wasn't that significant but it did cause some damage. "I got up and tried to get an ice pack from the fridge".

"His wife had been telling him, 'Don't pop your neck". She called her father, who lives nearby, and he drove Hader to Mercy Hospital in Guthrie. They can't move anything.

"That being said, I can not express how grateful I am for all the help I've received during this stressful time".

For a 28-year-old man, doctors say it was a freak accident caused by a habit that can be unsafe.

The stroke from neck-popping happened March 14.

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word F.A.S.T. This only makes you perform the habit more often.

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"He could have formed more clot on that tear and had a life-ending stroke".

"If you have a stroke in that area, you can end up with a patient who's locked in", McCollom told KOCO. "They completely understand what's going on, but they can't communicate". They can't move anything. "Towards the end, they would make it nearly impossible for me to breathe for a few seconds, and that was scary", he said.

Hader explained to the outlet he immediately knew something was wrong.

Hader spent four days in the intensive-care unit before being sent to inpatient therapy.

Since the traumatic incident, and after treatment and physical therapy, Hader is now able to walk again without a walker or cane but told CNN that his balance is still a bit off and that he gets exhausted faster than before.

Hader had to wear an eye patch for several weeks because the nerve was injured. He also had painful hiccups for a week-and-a-half, almost causing a panic attack. 'At one point, I couldn't breathe.

"When he arrived, Hader had numbness, weakness, double vision, and his left side was numb".

Joking in a Facebook post, he wrote: "I learned that I can still walk, although not as good as my one-year-old son".

It's been a month since his stretch turned into a stroke - and Hader is still dealing with some residual effects. I also don't have as much control of that side as I used to.

He's also experienced another very odd side effect.

Although strokes related to neck popping are rare, medical professionals say there are other risks.

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