I have severe inflammatory bowel disease, life threatening. I'm grasping at straws right now to try and get a grip on this disease because I don't want to lose my bowel. My current course of action is high level testing for parasites (mostly ELISA and PCR via blood and stool). A recent virology test turned up positive for CMV. Both IgM and IgG are present. I'm told this can mean a recent infection, reinfection, or a reactivation. I don't know how to tell the difference. They claim that the only way to know for sure if CMV is the reason for my bowel disease is to do a biopsy of a bowel ulcer during colonoscopy. The weird thing is that back in 2015 they did that, and I was given the blood test for CMV, and they all turned up negative. So between 2015 and now, I have contracted CMV somehow. My life is in ruins and I am not sure what to do with this CMV diagnosis. It sounds like CMV can really wreck the immune system and cause CFS, which I certainly have, though it seems secondary to my IBD. Are there natural remedies for the treatment of CMV? The pharmaceutical approach is not only expensive but very harsh. I'm also wondering what other tests I should get... seems like everything in the herpes family and EBV should be looked for. I'm not sure what else. Any light that people could shed on this for me would be appreciated. I am pretty strung out and disabled right now.