I am 21 and have suspected rheumatoid arthritis. I have muscle pain and joint stiffness in my knees, left arm, lower back and occassional neck and hand stiffness. I have had a blood test for RA which says that i have tested positive for rheumatoid factor -i have also had x rays and am now on the waiting list to see a specialist. I feel like i am in limbo and I have not really been able to talk to anybody about it so i do not know if the blood tests essentially mean that I do have RA and am simply waiting for it to be confirmed officially. My pain and stiffness is in no way unbearable - and i can still get on with everyday tasks - but i do not know if this means i am less likely to have RA or if it simply means that it is simply in the early stages. Particularly because of my age I am very concerned about how this could progress, as I know many people with RA become unable to work. Any support that you could offer me would be very much appreciated, especially as I have my first university exam tomorrow and am completely unable to concentrate.