Travelling overseas with Crohn's

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   Posted 3/29/2009 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I am off overseas (to Thailand) in a month.  Was a bit worried about doing this but decided I wasn't going to let this illness stop me.  Any tips on how to cope with the illness on an overseas trip?
Diagnosed with Crohn's 27.10.08. I'm a Kiwi looking to increase my knowledge.  As they say KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!

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   Posted 3/29/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tara, I've just came back from Thailand after spending 1 month travelling around various places. I would suggest go lite on eating chillies-spices and be careful on which street food you choose to eat at. I also think I have some issues with having Ice in my drinks over there.

I have Diarrhea much more frequent when In Thailand, the toilet trips normally double for me. One little tip I could give you is to make sure you have toilet tissue paper with you as some toilets in shopping malls-supermarkets require you to purchase it before entering. (thats if the machine works) Also some of the toilets are not the same design as here in the western world, some are flush on the floor where you have to crouch, not nice!! Other than that im sure you will have a wonderful time in Thailand, I love it.

5mg Pred tappering over a 5 week period.
Resection 28th Jan 2008

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   Posted 3/29/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   


I just got back from a few weeks in Australia.  My tips:

Eat very light before flying.

Drink bottled water ONLY

Bring Charmin to go... little packages of TP for use.

Find fast food restaurants. There is ALWAYS a bathroom and no one will ask questions

Bring extrea meds


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   Posted 3/29/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I go to Mexico alot. I like Prof only drink bottled water and no ice in my drinks. I try not to eat at any street vendors, thats usually where the lack of hygiene is most times. And I try to eat at the better looking restraunts. Do be sure to take extra meds. I make sure I am prepared for any possible event. In Mexico you can go into the pharmacies and get just about anything you want, lasttime I was able to get Pred no problem. Maybe ask your doc about a anti-b that is good for travellers diarrhea, just in case:) I also always carry my own TP. Hope you have a great trip.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 3/29/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to Thailand a couple years ago and found eating broths with lots of veggies was awesome for my stomach and health overall. I too took own tp and lots of wets to wash up whenever need be. I tried to keep rested so nothing flared up and didn't eat spicy foods at all. Have a great trip!!

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   Posted 3/30/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tips everyone.  I am going to be very careful with the water and food for sure. 

Diagnosed with Crohn's 27.10.08. I'm a Kiwi looking to increase my knowledge.  As they say KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!

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   Posted 3/30/2009 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to Thailand in November and felt so well when I was there! Only drink bottled water, be careful of street food and don't eat any salad etc that has been washed in tap water. And avoid spicy stuff.

Like Trigirl I found the stir fries and broths did great stuff for my health. I also wasn't eating any processed foods or snacks which I think really made a difference.
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in Sept 05 aged 24

Resection in Nov 06

Currently taking 125mg azathioprine, 5mg prednisolone (tapering), multivitamin, probiotics and omega 3
Previously taken Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, Pentasa

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