Published: Tue, May 07, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Oklahoma Man Suffers Major Stroke After Popping His Neck

Oklahoma Man Suffers Major Stroke After Popping His Neck

Hader told 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.

"For the first few days, I couldn't walk without a walker", he said.

Josh Hader ended up at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City after tearing his vertebral artery, which leads to the brain, ABC affiliate KOAT reported.

"Currently, I can walk without a walker or cane, but I get exhausted much faster than before".

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

Josh Hader was rushed to the emergency room by his father-in-law. "Don't twist it", McCollum said.

But Hader said the worst part of the ordeal was not being able to help his wife with their two young children.

While the dad survived the stroke, it still caused a lot of damage.

Hader will likely have lifelong consequences from the stroke, the doctor said.

The episode happened March 14.

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After rehab, Hader is able to live independently, but he hasn't recovered completely.

"My balance is still a little off but it's not awful". My left side tingles a little and feels heavier than it used to. I also don't have as much control of that side as I used to.

Seven weeks after the injury, he is continuing to recover, saying he still does not have full control of the left side of his body and can not feel sharp pain or hot and cold sensations on his right side. My right side doesn't feel sharp pain or hot/cold.

"I'm good emotionally. Like I said before, it's still a struggle walking long distances, but it's getting much better", he said.

He had to wear an eye patch for several days.

"I had hiccups for about a week and a half straight", Hader added. "Towards the end, they would make it nearly impossible for me to breathe for a few seconds, and that was scary", he said.

Hader said he also had painful hiccups that almost caused a panic attack.

"If ya wanna pop your neck, just kinda pop it side to side, don't twist it". Hader was extremely lucky given that a stroke in that area can result in patients who become "locked in" - as in, victims can understand what's going on around them, but they're unable to communicate, move, speak, or breathe. "He wanted to tell his wife he was sorry that he had popped his neck".

We like to stretch and pop our joints when we're feeling exhausted but you may want to reconsider the next time you reach for your neck to give it a good ol' stretch.

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