I too am Not A Doctor but the neruophysiology of pain (chronic pain in particular) has been a recent topic in one of my classes so I have some new insights into this:
2. Use anti-inflammatory pain relievers like Ibuprofen (Advil) and Naprosyn (Alleve).
I think this is very important. Chronic pain, and lets assume for now that CTS and RSI are chronic, has the peculiar trait that it persists long after the cause of tissue damage has gone away. There is some debate as to why exactly this is the case, but there is substantial evidence that if you experience pain for a certain duration (days, weeks, months, whatever) it will transition to chronic pain and will persist long after the cause has passed.
[The mechanism for this pain -> chronic pain effect is still being researched but it seems to be related to how memories are stored in the brain.]
So if you are feeling pain in your wrists take some sort of pain medication, even if the pain is mild, because it will help stem any "wind-up" to chronic pain. (This is incidentally why doctors will often prescribe analgesics before an operation)
With that said, it can't hurt (haha) to stop the cause of the pain too.
"Give me enough variables to work with, and I can probably do away with the notion of human free will." -- demi
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