Hi I'm Richard.
About twenty years ago I hurt my wrist, it wasn't very painful and the only problem I had was some weakness occasionally when lifting really heavy objects. This stopped after a few months so I didn't seek medical help.
Then about 12 years ago I found that I had to stop doing push-ups because my wrist hurt too much, but as this was my only symptom and I'm not a sportsman I still didn't see a doctor.
I continued using my hands as normal doing my care job, digging an allotment, cooking, playing my guitar. Then two years ago I found myself in pain after my guitar practice, I could hardly even spread my toast
As I'm only early fifties the doctor just assumed it was an RSI, I went to physio and got given a set of exercises -the result was my hand swelling up and everything getting worse.
Next stop: another physio who gave me a steroid injection (a foregone conclusion as my stomach cant take NSAIDS) This had no effect on the pain, but a good outcome was that she suspected arthritis and sent me for an X-ray. Months later at my next visit she took a look at it and found I had bad arthritis in my wrist -8 months after seeing my doctor I finally got a diagnosis!
Next they sent me to a knee specialist(!) who passed me on to a hand specialist at last.
Eight months after that I had an operation on my wrist and I am now in week 7 of my recovery, wondering just how successful the op will be....