How are things now?Thanks for that write up.
I had pinched nerve due to a herniated disc in 2010. Just woke up with a super stiff and painful neck. The neck got better but later I developed pain and tingling in my arm. I benched around 225lbs max at that point and when I finally felt good enough to go back to the gym, I got pinned by 135lbs. My left side wasn't firing. MRI showed the herniated disc and I took oral steroids for the inflammation. Strength came back but neck never felt the same.
Last year I had a milder version of the neck and nerve and tried a PT first. She eliminated neck and pinch nerve pain in one session using the McKenzie "chin tuck" stretch. She blamed poor posture for aggravating the disc. But I was at a new job and a new country and barely had time to workout, so I never tracked strength loss or how long it took to recover. I just know the pain relief was immediate.
This time I have a little nagging neck soreness but don't have any nerve pain in the arm. I did wake up one night with both arms "asleep" even though I was sleeping flat on my back. That was right around the time I noticed my grip had weakened (went from 12+reps on the COC T gripper to none). I feel it on pullups (my head ends up closer to my right side) and bench press but it's not nearly as bad as before. (I still got 190lbs on bp for two reps, but I should have been getting 5+ reps. Left side was the weak link.) I had been doing the McKenzie exercises occasionally but not nearly as diligently as I should have.