A stroke often occurs when the left-side of the body, in particular the arm, becomes limp and lifeless, though naturally a neck pain would indicate it too. If you are sure that you did not develop the pain from your neck being in an enforced position, and that it is very sudden and is a feeling that goes away then returns, then do consult a physician.
Sometimes people experience a ‘pre-stroke’, a short-term lack of blood supply to the brain, also called a transient ischemic attack. The loss of blood supply lasts from seconds to just a few minutes and does not result in permanent damage. This condition is often a precursor to a full-scale stroke, so any symptoms associated with it should be investigated immediately.
Warning signs of stroke can include ANY of the following sudden happenings: Difficulty in speech or speech comprehension; onset of confusion or loss of consciousness; numbness or dizziness; headache; trouble walking; neck pain; and vision pain. Some regular everyday activities, such as stargazing, rapidly turning the head while driving, and even having a shampoo in a hair salon may cause an aneurysm,a widening of an artery resulting from the weakening of the artery walls, of the neck arteries, resulting in stroke.
If you are visiting your doctor or chiropractor with upper-neck pain or headaches, be very specific about your symptoms, so that they can provide the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider.
There are various head and neck positions and forms of joint movement. Joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise, soft-tissue techniques, and other therapies can be recommended. If the issue of stroke concerns you, do not hesitate to discuss it with your doctor or chiropractor. Neck manipulation can also be advised.