I've had neck arthritis for over 25yrs, by the time I was 30 I had facet joint disease and by the time I was 45 had arthritis in the spine, hands feet and of course neck. I also have osteoporosis and have 3 stres fractures, but none of it bothered me as much as the headaches from my neck, I to have bulging discs C2 through C6 actually they are pretty screwed up. I wake in the morning with bad headaches. I just started on cymbalta for nerve pain in the neck do to the pinched nerves, I take no narcotics much but at times I have had to, usually take anti inflamatories along with heat wraps around neck when it gets bad. I think different things work differently for people so you have to find what helps you the best. Sometimes I take Mobic, codiene and go to bed and wake up better.