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I am sorry to hear that your wrist pain and swelling hasn't improved over the last 10 days.
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Ok. Considering your background history of a previous fracture and your age, I would be worried that you may have broken your wrist bone (distal radius). These are very common injuries that happen due to fall on the outstretched hand, especially if your bones are weak (osteoporotic).
In that scenario, it would be best if you visited the nearest A&E or urgent care centre where they can x-ray your wrist and put you into a more stable/rigid immobilisation such as a slab.
Would it be possible for you to send a picture of your wrist here?
There is a paper clip icon at the bottom of this chat box, If you click on it....you should be able to attach a photo here
Don't worry if you cannot do it.
As I said before, pain and swelling especially in the wrist that has not settled down over 10 days after injury definitely needs an x-ray. So it would be best to visit your nearest urgent care walk in centre to do that.
If there is a fracture then this would need immobilisation with a plaster. Your symptoms will get a lot easier with immobilisation.
One other thing you need to talk to your GP for longer term protection of your bone is to start treatment for osteoporosis. This needs a special scan called DEXA scan which your GP may be able to refer. The gold standard for osteoporosis treatment is a weekly tablet called Alendronate which your GP can prescribe. This has to be ta***** ***** term for upto 18mths to 2 yrs.
Vitamin D is good to take but won't treat osteoporosis on its own.