LA - Sounds like the nurse was just plain wrong. But, there is no implication that 14 O-Bands is any worse than 8. They are both enough to support the diagnosis. they speak of a huge amount of immune-inflammation going on in your noggin.
Mary - You and I are thinking alike. When you make sure not to diagnose anyone without O-Bands, then the only people you see with MS have them. It truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy. I have spoken of the study recently published that looked at a large number of people diagnosed with MS already and found that 10% of them had no O-Bands even well into their illness.
It sounds to me like this is saying you have 14 UNIQUE O-Bands, without stating how many total there may be been. I thought from reading past explanations that O-Bands unique to the CSF were the only ones that mattered for a MS diagnosis and 14 is more than enough, even when you don't hold the mayo.
What I always wonder about is the 90 or 95% of MS patients are positive for O-Bands statement. It seems like a self-fulfilling percentage to me. If doctors won't/can't diagnosis without, then the % stays high, despite many negative reports.
This is the same LP I posted about last month. I read something that brought up the question in my mind again.
It does seem to say I have 14 O bands. There is an area in my test results that said I had no O bands in my serum BUT I can not find it again. There are MANY pages of results!!
Red did a very good job on trying to explain the results :)
Hope it helped a bit.
I'm no Q. but 8-14 O-bands would certainly be a goodly amount. 14 bands that are unique definatley means they are all different than the blood serum.
Did you have an LP earlier that showed 6 bands and now show 14 maybe. So the nurse is saying that you have 8 new ones?
Just a thought. I'm sure Q will chime in though