I’m a teenage male who has been having wrist pain (both wrists, right hand dominant) for more than a year and a half. I get a dull pain in my wrist whenever I write. This pain usually radiates to my forearm, but does not get more than four or five inches. Typically a dull pain in my elbow corresponds to my wrist pain. This pain only happens when I am writing by hand, playing the violin, and sitting down on my back with my elbow bent and arms extended upwards (reading at night). If I extend my elbow in the reading position my pain goes away. It usually is not very bad until I write for more than five minutes. The pain gets so strong that I physically have to stop writing. I run a successful company from home and am typing almost all day. I type almost everything for school – as much as possible. I stopped playing the violin for about six months and at the same time I did not participate in physical education (doctor’s request). I have been to a pediatric orthopedist [many times] (at DePont in New Jersey), a rheumatologist (at DePont in Deleware), a geneticist (director of Marfan’s research at University of Pennsylvania), a neurologist twice, a wrist specialist at a wrist center (New Jersey), a chiropractor, and my local pediatrician. I have been tested for almost everything possible (MS, Marfan’s syndrome, Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, etc.). I had a neck x-ray, spine x-ray, spine MRI, two EMGs and NCVs of arm. Everything came out normal. I have gone through five rounds of physical and occupational therapy at three different centers. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, heat, cold, wrist and elbow braces – nothing works. My former occupational therapist (I do not go anymore) believed it was an entrapped, stretched, or twisted nerve in my elbow (ulnar), my orthopedist thinks it is chronic pain, and my pediatrician believes it is growing pain that not can be explained. I believe that it is some type of ulnar nerve problem. I have a pretty good basic understanding of the medical field (especially after seeing all of these doctors!), but obviously I am not a doctor. Does anyone have any ideas as to what is causing this pain and/or how to treat it?
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