Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum. You have definitely came to the right place, and I am sorry for the pain you are having, (I definitely can relate, ) but I think you will find that this forum has some of the most caring and compassionate folks that you will find any where on the internet, and we might not be able to cure you but we most definitely will listen and give you all our support!
Your symptoms really sound scary to me, you mentioned tennis elbow are you sure your elbow pain is not caused by the bad disk in your neck? Becareful with the PT and if you experience to much discomfort let them know. I would suggest that you ask your Doctor to refer you to a neurologist for further evaluation. I have had allot of the pain and discomfort that you have posted about and it was caused from the nerve roots being iminged by the bad disk in my neck. I have had three fusions done in my cervical spine, and most of my pain was all in my arms and hands, not in my neck, except for my last fusion at C=3/4. Anyway please please please becareful and have this checked out thoroughly. It might very well be just strained muscles but with the bulging disks you mentioned I would be extremely careful. And if you are not satisfied with your treatment then seek a second oppinion. These Doctors work for you! So if your not getting the proper relief then keep pushing for answers and relief!
Good Luck to You
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!