Ok, here's my story. I power lifted and bodybuilt for a long time. Well one day after the gym I woke up in horrendous painin my shoulder and down my arm. 5 days laid up in bed on hydrocodone and the pain went away. Honestly haven't felt pain there since. During that time I got an MRI and they saw that I had arthritis in my neck from the lifting and possible DDD(I'm 29). They saw that there was a protrusion on the left side just touching the nerve, barely, no nerve damage and the signals were fine, all nerves and spine were the correct size. He said he didn't recommend surgery but epidurals and I haven't been back due to money. Now, the weakness in my arm was bad, from my shoulder being the worst spot all the way down to my thumb. I had trouble holding anything and raising my wrist, I could barely use the arm. Now, a lot of my strength has come back, my wrist is getting my stronger, grip is getting better, numbness is gone in my thumb and forearm but still some in my shoulder area but I noticed that's even getting better. I'm still weak when I pull with that arm but not as much. This was all in July of 2013 and this is where I'm at today. I took all that time off from the gym but I'm working out again very carefully and very lightly. For anyone that has any experience, does it sound like I could make a full recovery without any medical help, even after so long of a time, I'm improving.