I thought I had a pinched nerve in my back 2 years ago, it turned out to be a bulging disc in my neck.
I couldn't move my left upper side for a few months. I went through hell, lost my job because of it, and many other legal and doctor disruptions.
A mate of mine, who is a chiro/osteo said a traction machine may help, it turns out the physio I had been going to had one. Hardly anyone uses it so he lets me use it now whenever I feel discomfort setting in.
There are a few other home remedies that take relief off the back as well.
That pain was f**ked up, but I'm yet to have an operation on it, and I'm lifting way more now than i did pre-disc issue.