Work related neck pain can be the worst. It affects you everyday,and sometimes there is little that you can do to change- You have to keep working, so it can be a pain in the neck !
The pillow that you have switched to: a firm pillow, may not be right for you. For **most** people, a pillow that is too firm does not work. Simply, it is too uncomfortable. There is little give to the pillow, and you won't be able to get into a position that allows for soundful deep sleep. So a firm pillow is not the way to go. I would still recommend some type of an orthopedic pillow such as the arc4life linear gravity pillow. This pillow has two neck rolls, that allow your neck to be in the right position for sleeping (one softer idea, one firmer side). The composition is fiber fill, and the pillow is not overly dense. There is "give" to the pillow. Also you can sleep on your side and on your back. This will not only help your neck pain, but also your headaches.
Also, when you get home, use a heat pad on your neck and upper back for 10-15 minutes. Do gentle neck stretches as well.
hope this helps.
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