I was diagnosed with Fybromyalgia awhile back and thought I could endure the every day stiff necks, sore backs, and general pain. Now I know I can't. I really feel like I'm being choked to death. I'm weak. Dizzy. Nauseated. It feels like I'm going to actually black out or explode from the intense pressure. I feel like I'm dying. Really, I'm not joking here. I rarely go to doctors, but made an appointment this week. I'm not sure I'll make it though! Is there a connection between an intense stiff neck (and back) and stroke? I can't believe I'll even live through the year, and I'm only 43! Can this actually kill a person? The "exploding sensation" is real. When I bend over to tie my shoes, I feel like my head just ballooned and the blood isn't flowing right. Could this be something else?