Re: Osteo arthritis in head.
Hi Denann...I'm Jenny and I've had 2 major cervical spine surgeries and am fused from C3 to T1. Arthritis in the neck is very common but so is arthritis in the jaw joint...and both can cause very similar symptoms to what you are having. So since your doc is not too interested in pursuing your head/neck pain, you could ask your dentist to take a look at your jaw by x-ray to see if it is involved.
The reality with neck arthritis is that docs don't do anything for pain anyhow. Pain means the nerves are alive and kicking. They don't start thinking of fixing anything until you show signs of impending paralysis such as numbness, muscles that don't work right, reflexes that are either less than they should be or way too much than they should be, pins and needles or persistent tingling.
About all you can do until you do develop signs of needing more help, is treat the pain. If it's getting bad, ask for a referral to a pain management doctor...they will do the x-rays and MRI's so they know exactly where the problems are and then get you on a good regimen of pain meds until such time as you do need to see a surgeon.
And as my world class neurosurgeon recently told me when I complained about certain movements causing certain problems....don't do that. That's why he gets the big bucks! So limit what makes you hurt.