Welcome to the MS board. I'm sorry you find yourself considering an MS diagnosis. Many many people who end up being diagnosed with MS experienced a long diagnostic limbo. It can take many years.
White matter is a normal brain tissue. Everyone needs and has white matter. I am assuming that white matter lesions were found on a brain MRI. This would warrant a closer look.
Oligoclonal bands only show up in spinal fluid when there is an active flare. It makes it appear as if there is an active infection in the central nervous system. The blood work taken at the same time would appear clear of any infections.
Not all people who have MS experience optic neuritis or walking issues. I have had optic neuritis but I walk quite well. I have balance issues but I can walk for miles.
Nerve pain can be caused by a couple of dozens of conditions. It can be caused by Lyme disease, a B vitamin deficiency, diabetes an more. It becomes more common with age.
People of all ages have been diagnosed with MS. It is considered much more common in people aged 20-40. I was diagnosed at 43.
Will you be seeing an MS specialist? Keep us posted.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.
Post Edited (Gretchen1) : 8/16/2014 9:40:15 PM (GMT-6)