I have Kienbock's disease (a wrist thing) which I thought was quite rare, but as I see there others suffering from it. I have almost quit cycling because of it, but others seem to keep cycling in spite of their ailment. So my question is this: what handlebar setup do you think helps, straight, drops or something else? Does a front suspension help? Any other tricks?
My hands go numb when I put too much weight on them. This is one of the main reasons I decided to get a recumbent. I still occasionally ride DF (diamond frame - regular) bikes, but I don't like it very much.
I found that being quite upright on a hybrid worked well, too, but that is not a very aerodynamic riding position. Very padded gel gloves worked for me - making sure I changed up my hand positions helped as well. I found clip-on aerobars were actually very comfortable for my hands as my weight was on my elbows. Wasn't very comfortable for my neck, however for very long.
Drops do have the advantage that you have a lot of different hand positions. You just need to make sure that your drop bars aren't too low/far to begin with.
I'm sure there are options out there that will work for you. You'll just have to try a bunch of different things and see what works. Good luck!