This is an interesting reaction that depends entirely on additional details that are not provided in your question. All of us need a certain amount of copper in our diets to make our bodies function properly. As such, copper allergies per se are very rare. Sometimes, people will have a reaction to the compounds that copper can form after being exposed to water, air, or other pollutants, but these also are rare. Additionally, such reactions would generally involve the superficial layers of the skin, and would present with a rash, hives
, or some other similar symptoms.
Your description of deep, but local, pain after handling copper is thus somewhat confusing. Given the ubiquitous nature of copper in most metals that we interact with daily, and the fact that you have only had this reaction twice with no symptoms other than pain, I would be more prone to thinking that your wrist pain
was caused by something other than the copper. Obviously, it is best to discuss your concerns and symptoms with a physician who can ask more questions and do a physical exam, and so your avoidance of copper is entirely appropriate in the interim until that can be arranged.