Hi, I am a 28 year old male who about 3 weeks ago discovered a horrible pain in his left shoulder. I figured I had pulled something and tried to set aobut ignoring it at first, but the pain became too great. I tried to medicate myself with some leftover oxycodone from an unrelated surgery, but the pain only lingered and grew.
I figured maybe I caused this by cracking my neck, which is a really bad habit I have. Over a week passed and the pain from my shoulder began to move out of my shoulder and down into my arm, feeling almost as if my elbow had been pulled. The pain turned to more tingling and numbness at times feeling like my entire arm has fallen asleep. The tingling and numbness comes and goes, but usually goes all the way down my forearm into, oddly enough, my thumb. Feels like my thumb is asleep or numb at times.
I know I should go to the doctor, but I have no health insurance and want to know if anyone thinks this is a solvable pinched nerve before I shell out tons of money I don't have for X-rays, etc.
Typing my symptoms into the internet, it seems like I may have done something to my C6. Any ideas or thoughts? This has been ongoing over 3 weeks now. I hope this is not the onset of MS or ALS.