I am not sure of the broader population, but that is not true for me.
I am much better than I was in May - before my first procedure, and much better than I was in September - before my second procedure. I am having a relapse right now, but I have not had a relapse for years - I was just steadily getting worse. I am certain that I had become "Secondary Progressive"., but now, it seems to be back to RR. Is that positive? I hope so. Is it a reversal of the disease course - even if not immediate? I'll know in time. My first PTA lasted about a month, and the second made no real difference - because my veins would not stay open, and I did not take a stent. The two biggest benefits for me seem to be less fatigue, and better cognition - but just in the last few weeks, and the procedure was almost 2 months ago. I still definitely have "MS", but it is more like 6 years ago.
A caveat: I have undertaken a protocol targeting bacteria (which I believe is involved with my
case), so there is a confounding variable. I do not know if my questionable benefits are residual of the second procedure. I doubt that, as the 2nd did not much for me, and I don't think that messed up valves and stenosis just spontaneously improved after an incomplete procedure. I can say that the two procedures did not make me worse. There are people who get worse even though their veins are patent. What is Dr. Simka's "unknown factor"? I think it is bacterial.
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My name is not really Johnson. MSed up since 1993