Re: chronic wrist pain
Good comments Janet, although I don't recommend capsaicin on the wrists-unfortunately people rub their eyes with the backs of their wrists and that would be equivalent to a shot of pepper spray. Also, do not exercise or sweat after using it or it will burn like hell-voice of experience-and might even blister. Occasionally, people are sensitive to the capsaicin as well (rash).
X-Rays are essential in diagnosing the form of arthritis or the lack there of. Also, blood work up may need to be done to rule out rheumatoid arthritis or some form of inflammatory arthritis.