As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  If you are in a profession that demands repetitive wrist movement (such as being a carpenter or pianist or typist) there are a number of ways to reduce your wrist of creating inflammation between the delicate structures that form the wrist.  One reason the wrist is so flexible (the most versatile joint in the body) is because it is comprised of a series of 14 carpal bones that fit together like a loose jigsaw puzzle, snuggly bound by a series of sheaths and tendons. 

Auto-immune (AI) diseases are characterized by an inappropriate destruction of “self” tissue by the immune system.  In Lupus, for example, your own immune system would attack the nucleus of a variety of cells, and “anti-nuclear antibodies” (ANA) are found in the blood when tested.  This is a common screen for auto-immune disease, although having a positive ANA doesn’t always mean you have an auto-immune disease.