Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum.
As you stated in your query it seems that pain is due to cervical spondylitis
Compression of nerves lies in cervical vertebrae
develops pain , where these nerves supply.
Only way is either consult a physiotherapist and get his opinion for exercises.
M R I usually don't reveals any thing in early stage of cervical spondilitis.
Lie down in straight position during sleep.