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joint pain and stiffness
lasting for more than one hour can be rheumatoid arthritis
to remain symptom free (not disease free) it is best to see a rheumatologist
, get started on pain killes for some time and drugs which slow the course of the disease.
such agents will prevent you from long term problems associated with arthritis.
a very important aspect of treatment is physiotherapy
. exercises to keep joints healthy will go a long way in slowing the progress of the disease.
so one step at a time see a rheumatologist soon.
hope this is helpful