Gina Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum, I think you have gotten some excellent advice, I would hold off on getting any treatments, till after you get the results of your MRI! What you describe, sure sounds like nerve root impingement, and if it is, then the MRI should definitely show it. Anyway I am sure if there is some thing there your Doctor will refer you to the appropriate specialist. But just to be on the safe side, I would go to the Department where you got your MRI and request a copy of the MRI and radiologist report. You will probably need them anyway if you are referred to another doctor. If your not referred, and your still having problems and your radiologist report indicates a problem they you have the copies you will need to go for a second oppinion.
The pain in your shoulder going down to your elbo could also be caused by the disks in your neck, I was having severe pain in my elbow down to my hand ( just like when you hit your crazy bone really hard) and the pain would just not go away, and it was caused by a herniated disk in my neck at C-6/7 I ended up having to have a disectomy and fusion there, and then again at C-5/6 just above it twenty some years later. So please be careful and keep a close eye on your pain in your shoulder and arm and definitely talk to your doctor about it. With your car accidents you definitely might have a problem.
I do wish you all the best and hope everything works out for you! Please keep us informed on how things turn out, ( you are family now here on healing well and we are really care about each other!)
Good Luck to YOU
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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!