Is anybody out there an immune system test guru? CMV IgG - which indicates exposure at some point in ones' life - tested positive (this would be true for more than 1 in 2 adult Americans for that matter), while CMV (Cytomegalavirus sp.) IgM - which tends to be indicative of recent exposure- tested negative. Does this mean I probably am not infected with CMV? My alternative MD is out of town for a bit but either way I know that antibodies are not a very diretc way of really knowing what is going on down there. I am going to try and get my GI to get a biopsy, eg from a flex sig, and have it cultured to test for CMV infection. Without knowing anything more, I am somewhat astounded this isn't routinely done whenever one proves resistant to meds. Granted, if any of us were infected with CMV, eradication is problematic anyway, but if I do end up under the knife, I want to know what to do about
the CMV (if any) before I create post-surgical problems. Apparently CMV is one of the things that can cause cuffitis in j-pouch's, for example.
Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative)
Some partial success with TSO but was too expensive to keep up
Remicade Humira, lots of probiotics, entocort, tapering pred again, maybe surgery this year