I have and had a neck pinched nerve. In my left arm, as the doctor explained, the nerves crunched to the point and my left arm was kind of a short circuit mess. Brain information was going everywhere. I had pain and muscle power loss.
I do not believe in the use of super duper pain killers. They just numbed the arm, and I walked around feeling dopy. I was giving pills the chance to allow me to feel the pain, but manage it. I embraced the pain so my brain could fix it.
No, it's not perfect. I have some damage to the bone and cartilage, but no surgery is needed. I still have something, because it's like a strip of duct tape sticking to my left hand, just under my pinky and next two fingers. One night I woke up from a dream where I was pulling sunburned dead skin, and woke up to find myself trying to get duct tape off. Weird.