I've been having wrist pain for awhile now, what should I do?

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I've been having off and on wrist pain in my right wrist for a little over a year now. At first, it was only a bit of pain that started in my wrist and sometimes would move up into my fingers, but would quickly be over. This gradually happened more and more often, until about a couple weeks ago when it's nearly everyday. Every now and then the pain moves up to my elbow, but that's rare. When this first started, I tried wearing a brace; which would help the pain because it would keep me from moving my wrist, but it didn't help the pain itself.

Recently, the pain has been becoming more intense. It's localised to the pinky/ulnar side of my wrist mostly. When I bend or move my wrist, it makes a light clicking noise; but it's done this for as long as I can remember. Lately, I'm also experiencing the 'start' of this pain in my left wrist as well, same place and same type of pain. My left wrist has the same feeling as when this all started in my right wrist. I'm getting concerned.

I try not to take ibuprofen or painkillers for this as it happens quite often. I have also purchased many ergonomic wrist pads for when I'm on my laptop and computer (I don't do this often, maybe a few hours here and there).

My job doesn't really require too much repetitive movement, but doing my job is a bit of a struggle with this wrist pain. Also, I've been doing my job for much longer than I've had this issue.

I don't think it's carpal tunnel, which is what friends and family suggested, as I don't experience pain in the right areas for it to be (I think?)

Should I just invest in a wrist brace for both arms? Or should I see a doctor? It just seems like such a silly and small thing to pay so much to see a doctor over.

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    imageTry to keep your bones strong by getting enough calcium and vitamin D, which your body needs to use that calcium. Your doctor will have a recommendation on how much and the best way for you to work calcium and vitamin D into your diet.

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    Yes make sure you are taking any supplements to help with pain/bone health. Magnesium is good to take at night. Years ago my wrist was achy and I bought a really good supportive wrist brace (medical supply store) and wore that often... even in my sleep. Don't remember the details but it did help and went away. Last week my foot was bothering me so I did go to the Dr's and it's tendinitis ( you could have this in the wrist). He told me to elevate it with ice and take OTC meds twice a day for inflammation.. He also sent me for physical therapy which I'm not going-- I am doing a few stretches at home first before I run to PT.. So try a few things that I mentioned and if it doesn't seem to get better, then yes go to a Dr to see what's going on.

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