Thanks for asking this question. I can't tell you how invaluable this string of postings has been. I have a friend right now who just got an MRI for another reason and they found "white spots". They are small and well circumscribed. She had been told that MS was a differential and was sent to a neurologist. Neurologist didn't think they looked like MS lesions and thought they were more likely UBO or from her history of migraines. She currently is having trouble with vertigo but they are not in a region that would cause vertigo and her neuro exam was normal otherwise. I had never heard of such things and was scared for her because I know what I have been going through hasn't been easy and I hated to think of someone I cared about going through anything similar. This is certainly not the end of the road for her and she has more tests to go through (cardio stuff and some more neuro testing to confirm the rule out)but I found it so helpful to know that white spots don't always mean something bad and that they could just be "white spots". I hope for you that asking this question has been helpful. And I hope that it is helpful to hear that someone else has these "white spots" and has been told by a neuro that they do not think it is MS.
Snowdog I also found your post particularly helpful for myself. I have been home with pneumonia for the last month (likely secondary to a prolonged course of steroids) and I am always otherwise a very busy person. I have been in Limboland for the last two years (or 9 years if you count when I first had ON) and they are coming very close to giving me a final diagnosis of MS. This is the first time I have had time to think about any of this and I admit it has been all consuming to me as of late. I will now be more active in trying to refocus myself on my career and family. Come what may. All we can do is take care of ourselves as best we can and practice good healthy living to the best of our ability. Enjoy what blessings we have in our lives as much as we can enjoy them. ( Sorry to wax philosophical )