you have most certainly come to the right place to ask questions and have a moan or two, we all do. Like golitho I can't help with the RF result, but I understand the foot/ankle problem, swollen fingers and aches in the hips. In fact it's the pain in my foot that started me on the right journey.
I had been having back pain for many years, which I put down to getting older (only 53 though) having had children, horm, running etc. Therefore I didn't really do anything other than see my GP. Then the pain the ankle became 24/7 and I haven't worn an enclosed shoe for near 2 years. Swollen fingers and many other little things. I asked to see a specialist and thankfully came across one that instantly knew what the problem was and started all tests, x-rays etc leading to being told I have Ankylosing Spondylitis. You really need a good rheumy to speak to and explain all the things you have wrong with you. Something is clearly not quite right....
Keep us informed and don't forget you can post questions anytime you want or just have a really big moan and get things off your chest. We're all here to listen and help in support any way we can. We can only speak of our own experiences and many times that helps even in the smallest way.
Hang in there and keep us posted.
Hi. Welcome to the forum. I was 35 when I was dx with RA. I had a positive RF, but it was just barely positive (I think it was 24). However, my doctor said that due to my age combined with my joint symptoms, it was not a false positive. I began treatment shortly after that. It's also not uncommon to have seronegative RA. Many people don't test positive for RF at all. A good rheumatologist takes the entire picture (clinical plus labs) into account before dx.