So about 10 days ago or so I slept wrong and I woke up with a stiff neck. I could barely turn my head. Now that isn't a problem but i started getting pain from my upper back on the right side over to my shoulders. It then spread the whole way down my arm basically and my thumb was feeling kinda numb a few days later. I went to the ER because I couldn't sleep with the pain/discomfort and they gave me oral steroid and some pain meds. This seemed to help a little but now i'm off the steroid and i just have OTC pain meds to use. I went to my GP this week and he basically said it was pinched nerve and that it will clear up on its own in 2 weeks. I was surprised he didn't send me to physical therapy or something but he said he didn't think it would work.
The numbness of my thumb has subsided and today i can still feel a difference but it isn't quite as numb as it was last week. Sleeping at night is still very difficult for me. I seem to only get a few hours because then the pain starts and I haven't figured out how to sleep through it. Driving seems to be the other event that is difficult to endure for me. When i'm driving I can feel the pain just to the right of my neck going into my shoulder blade the whole time. I've been trying to do some neck exercises and I think they are helping slightly. I'm just not sure if this condition will heal on its own or what?