The doctor in Montreal, Dr. Filiatreault, in September has already suggested you got MS and wanted a repeat exam with MS protocol on that basis, AND an emergency doc in October wanted an MRI to look for lesions, too, PLUS you already got an MRI that shows a number of lesions. While you have no diagnosis yet, testing and physician requests so far strongly suggests MS or something very similar is at work here. Let us assume, therefore, you got MS, and since this new doc in Ottawa, Dr. Freedman, supposedly wants diagnosed MS people so he can jump in with treatment in eight months, I'd say you already have your diagnosis, just bring him the above-mentioned records, if you don't get a definitive diagnosis before then.
I think I would ask your own doc couldn't he give you medicines for MS to help you during this LONG eight-month wait, or couldn't he fast-track the Ottawa visit, or isn't there someone local who can begin treatments. If you've got the pictures and/or report that show all those lesions you mentioned, show those to your doc, which you could obtain probably from the doc in Montreal, Dr. Filiatreault, or his office may be able to fax over to your doc the report about the 17 frontal lesions. I think I'd also mention to your doc that vision is affected by MS, and with all the pain from your eyes, you are naturally concerned about your vision and quite anxious to begin treatment. Basically I'm just trying to get you some kind of MS treatment while you wait eight months to see Dr. Freedman in Ottawa, and since you gotta go thru your doc, those are just some tips for approaching him.
That band of pain in your upper midsection, I'm no doc, but COULD be if you also have lesions in the thoracic spine, nerves come out of the spinal cord and wrap around the chest. If the spinal nerves are compromised by lesions, you'll get this uncomfortable pain maybe like that band you felt, sometimes can make it hard to breathe. I was in a car wreck, busted up my thoracic spine, and that's how come I know about how those nerves work.
I'm sorry you are having to lobby for yourself, and I could be all wet about MS. But with three proofs suggesting MS, and your history of pain in the eyes, which in MS the vision is usually affected right off the bat, if I were your doc, I'd want you to start getting MS treatment sooner rather than later, altho for all I know, it's perfectly okay to make someone wait eight months to see a doc who needs a diagnosis of MS before he'll even lift his pen to write a script. Check out some MS websites and see what natural stuff they do to help symptoms of MS. Keep us posted, and I wish you God speed.