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Having a good bike shop help you with the fit is probably the best idea.
In general, I've found that a more upright seating position helps these problems. There are two ways to get that: swap stems, or (if your fork tube hasn't been cut) add more spacers between the headset and stem. If your fork tube has already been cut, and I'm assuming it has, then a new stem is the way to go. A stem that angles upward, or is shorter, may allow you to sit more upright, which will put less weight on your hands and wrists. A really good bike shop will loan you an adjustable stem for a few days or weeks, then swap it out for a fixed-position stem once you know what works...
The other solutions may help, but involve compromises in one way or another. You could move the brake levers up the bars, but that will compromise your ability to use them when riding with your hands on the drops. You can rotate the bars in the stem, but again that compromises your ability to use the drops.
FYI, if you like to ride with your hands on the flat part of the bars, take a look at cyclocross brake levers (sometimes called "interrupters"). They're mountain-bike style brake levers that mount on the flat part of a drop handle bar and allow you to brake from either hand position. I paid $20 for a set of Tektro RL721 cyclocross brake levers. They feel a bit cheap, but seem to get the job done! For higher-quality levers, check out Paul Component Engineering's Cross Levers.