Berlin (dpa) - Rheumatism sufferers are often treated too late,
sometimes because the disease is not recognised immediately, experts
"People with painful, soft swelling of one or more joints should
see a rheumatologist within six weeks of the first symptoms'
appearance," said Edmund Edelmann, head of the Association of German
Rheumatologists, at a medical convention in Berlin.
The same advice applied if a person's joints remained stiff for 30
minutes or more after he or she got up in the morning, he added.