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wrist pain, ongoing for a year and a half

I'm 17 years old and about 18 months ago I developed a pain within my wrist, the only way to describe this pain is as if the bone (which protrudes with wrist flexion on the border of where the carpal bones meet the wrist bones, I do not know the specific name of this bone) is raw and inflamed. This pain arises with extension combined with pressure on the hand itself e.g. when getting up off the floor or doing a press up, and disappears once the wrist has been immobilized for several days. This has lead me to eventually stop bending the wrist completely as I open doors and support my body weight when getting up with a fist, and have done so for about a year. At first I rested the wrist for two weeks, but upon returning to normal use of the wrist the pain will quickly reappear to the full degree within 2-3 days, I was in a constant cycle of easing my way back into wrist movement gently and then resting it for a longer period than before when the pain returned. I tried resting(the longest period being 2 months of nothing), icing, massaging, stretching but nothing has worked so I have adapted my daily routines to wrist strapped straight wrist movements, and returned to sport (rugby) about 4 months after by using a tennis elbow strap on my wrist to completely immobilize it during sport. I never injured my wrist to begin with, and the pain started randomly and now not having played sport for about 5 months the pain is still there leading me to believe there might be something (a piece of bone or growth) inside my wrist joint as no pain is there unless the wrist is bent under pressure. The doctors sent me away 3 times advising me to rest it before I was referred to an orthopaedic department and finally referred for an x-ray, this came back clear and so I was referred for an mri.I have just received the results today that this is also clear and entirely normal (except for a small mark apparently caused by a slight bump of the hand which appear on mris but do not mean anything) which has lead me to seek online help, the doctor has referred me to a hand and wrist specialist to decide the next step, arthroscopy etc but I would like any extra advise which could help me as the doctors are taking forever and I wish to pursue my sports and normal gym activities again. I feel like I can relate to the symptoms of keinbocks disease very much although doctors do not think this could be it, any help would be appreciated.
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973741 tn?1342342773
I certainly can't blame you for wanting to have a pain free life enjoying your activities!  I hope you get there.  This article is pretty good https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrist-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20366213.  It has all sorts of reasons for chronic wrist pain.  One that stands out to me is Keinbock's Disease. It's not super common but the pain sounds like what you describe.  Blood flow to the bones is an issue with this rare disease.  Here's one way it is commonly treated. https://mayoclinic.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/revascularization-procedures-for-kienböck-disease.  You are going to be seen by a specialist which is perfect.  Exactly what you should do.

If it turns out to not be that, they may take you down the road of determining if there is anything in your sports or daily life that is repetitive.  Does anything like ibuprofen help, by the way?  And one avenue that could be very beneficial is physical therapy.  

When is your specialist appointment?  
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I have just finished a 3 week course of ibuprofen due to a recent ankle injury, and after today with the doctor bending my wrist it feels tender again.  And my appointment is in 4 weeks time - thank you for the links.
973741 tn?1342342773
Did your wrist feel better WHILE you were taking the ibuprofen?  
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It did not change as the pain is almost unnoticeable after long periods of not bending with the addition of strapping, i used to use ibuprofen cream whilst playing sport but it didn’t make a noticeable difference during that time so no.
973741 tn?1342342773
I sure hope you get answers.  I have a son and not being able to do his passion sports would be so hard on him!  How long do you have to wait to see the specialist?
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