Pooping in an adult diaper while on an airplane anyone???

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JennKuc
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   Posted 3/1/2011 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I would like to know if anyone has had an accident in an adult diaper while on an airplane? I have an extremely long 14 hr flight and get very anxious about having to use the bathroom on the airplane. I have thought about wearing adult diapers while on the plane, but if i do end up using the adult diaper, I am scared to death that everyone will be able to smell it. My UC is for the most part under control so my BM's are usually formed and solid...but I still have the problem of holding it in. When I have to go, I HAVE to go. Has anyone had accidents in adult diapers and can everyone around you smell it??
Thank you so much!

JennKuc
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   Posted 3/1/2011 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Also...any suggestions on a brand? I am a slim 5'3" 110 lbs, and am afraid that the sizes will be too big for me?
31 yr old female
Cambridge, Ma
Left sided UC for 17 years.

Colazel, Remicade ever 6 weeks, folic acid, multi vitamin, calcium, rowasa when needed

I have been in remission (mostly) since starting Remicade in 2005, but Remicade seems to not be working as well anymore....had to double my dose and start every 6 weeks.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 3/1/2011 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you can smell a dirty diaper. Just as you can smell when a baby needs a change. If you do have an accident, just go to the bathroom as quickly as possible and change. That would be my recommendation. i am sorry you're dealing with such terrible urgency, many of us have been there and can relate.
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quincy
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   Posted 3/1/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I would think one could smell a bm from an adult diaper.

REgarding your urgency...are you on any rectal meds?

For your trip...I think taking Imodium would be a suggestion.

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

ElephantPipe
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   Posted 3/1/2011 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree. Bentyl or immodium might help. Then a diaper as backup, just have extras in your carry-on.

My biggest problem wasn't people in the bathroom, it was the stewardesses pushing carts in the aisles ALL THE TIME.
21yr old female diagnosed with UC-pancolitis in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine
Remission? But now some constipation.
Arthritis
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Raynaud's Syndrome

puffed rice
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   Posted 3/1/2011 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi JennKuc,
 
I have worn my childs diaper on long flights that I have been on, just in case of an accident but luckily have never had one.  I always make sure I ask for a seat that is closest to the washroom and I take LOMOTIL about an hour before the flight takes off.  You need a perscription but it works for urgency and slowing things down so that you won't have to go while in the air.  I've even taken  1 xanax for the anxiety of urgency and flying and both of these helped.

hekela
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   Posted 3/1/2011 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Immodium wouldn't help me at all with urgency but it may be worth a try.
Flying is always a source of anxiety for me, since getting UC. I agree with the suggestion to get some kind of Rx for anxiety which helped me a LOT during the waiting in lines at the airport and then being on the plane. I'm also very petite so I only needed half a pill (I tried it out ahead of time so I would know how it made me feel).
And at one point I had to travel while flaring and did keep a diaper on for just in case. It also acted like a mini anxiety reducer because I knew that if an accident did happen I could clean up and throw it away.
They're bulky but they have a lot of elastic so it will probably fit well enough. I had to fold down the waist some and wore it under a skirt and you couldn't even tell I had it on.
32, happily married, stay at home mom to boys, ages 2 &5.
currently: well
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), dx'd 2006
-mainly whole foods diet, no caffeine
-Prayer! Asacol, Slippery Elm, psyllium husk powder.
-Nicotine (ecig) to get out of flares

Pej
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   Posted 3/1/2011 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Imodium was my solution for flying after my GI suggested it. After reading some comments from some posters here I started with a very small dose (half a pill) and worked my way up. No effect until eventually on a whim I took a double dose (4 pills) and bam! An hour or two later and I was golden for 12-24 hours, and felt noticeably better for an entire week afterward as well, somehow. That was back in August and with my doctors' blessings I've been taking it regularly (about once a week) since. It has really helped me get my life more closely resembling something like "normal". Good luck to you.

Graciegirl
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   Posted 3/1/2011 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I hope things will work out. I've taken Immodium before a plane ride, and that helped. Also, you may want to wear feminine pads at the rectum part of your underpants. If something leaks out you can just change it. Also, you could bring some wipes to feel extra clean. God bless and good luck! :)

JennKuc
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   Posted 3/1/2011 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for the responses! Although it has been many years since I have actually had an accident...I still get extremely anxious and nervous on airplanes. I always reserve the seat closest to the bathroom, and I regularly take 1/2 dose of immodium every day. Sometimes if I take too much immodium it works too well and ends up having symptoms of a blockage in my small intestines. On my last long flight I think I was just anxious which caused me to use the bathroom 5 times. I don't want that to happen again...and I've been feeling a little funny lately with my bm's, and with the upcoming trip, I started to really worry about an accident. i think i will try an adult diaper, just to relieve my anxiety...and hopefully i won't have to use it. Thanks again for the responses!
31 yr old female
Cambridge, Ma
Left sided UC for 17 years.

Colazel, Remicade ever 6 weeks, folic acid, multi vitamin, calcium, rowasa when needed

I have been in remission (mostly) since starting Remicade in 2005, but Remicade seems to not be working as well anymore....had to double my dose and start every 6 weeks.

AKB
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   Posted 3/1/2011 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh boy I can relate. I fly a lot... flare, no flare... life doesn't wait for your UC.

Pop 2 immodium the night before, and one in the morning.

Then, basically eat light before the flight particularly avoiding ANYTHING that can give you gas, and eat VERY light on the flight itself. 14 hour flight and light eating means you will probably be pretty empty. It's always nice to know there's not that much "on board" if you know what I mean. Also, careful with the sodas they keep handing out-- the carbonation will expand and give you bad gas, which can trigger urgency. Just buy a large bottle of water before you get on the plane.

As for the pooping part, please try not to worry about it during the flight. Long flight means big plane. Big plane means lots of bathrooms. Just bring a change of underwear in your carry on (or pants, if you're feeling really concerned) + wet wipes. I'd rather use the bathroom and let it out than fight it for hours on end. I ALWAYS carry tons of immodium in my pocket for 'insurance'-- even though I full well know that it doesn't work instantly.

The only parts that give me major anxiety these days are the boarding-taxying-takeoff (they will NOT let you use the bathroom during this time, and if you're flying out of NYC for example, you can be taxying for over an hour!), and likewise the 30 mins before landing. Unfortunately, I just have to think about it ("oh no, they're about to tell us to fasten seatbelts, and by the time we land and I can use the bathroom will be at least 45 mins, am I going to have any problems?!) and my stomach will start to cramp.

JennKuc
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   Posted 3/1/2011 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the advice!
Yes, taxying and landing are definitely the worst. I usually use the bathroom as soon as i get on the plane when they are finishing boarding...and then i watch the time and time it so i can use the bathroom (whether i need to or not), right before they turn on the fasten seatbelt sign.
I get anxious when it seems like EVERYONE is in line for the bathroom. It's usually about an hour or so after they serve drinks/food...then the line forms. Or a few min before landing. I also try and time it out so that I beat the line, again whether i have to go or not...it just makes me feel better to try and go. It also feels like people take SO long in the airplane bathrooms!
Oh how I hate to fly!!! :-(
33 yr old female
Cambridge, Ma
Left sided UC for 20 years.

Colazel, Remicade ever 6 weeks
I have been in remission (mostly) since starting Remicade in 2005, but Remicade seems to not be working as well anymore....had to double my dose and start every 6 weeks.

MomWithUC
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   Posted 3/1/2011 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Quick question, it says on the Immodium box that you can't take it if you are bleeding. Are any of you taking Immodium and are also currently bleeding?
Age 39
Diagnosed with Colitis in 2005, but had a year of IBS-style symptoms before. Had another colonoscopy in 2010, this time Ulcerative Colitis. Went in remission during my pregnancy and lasted from 2006-Sep 18, 2009. Been bleeding for over a year now. Having very bad flare in January when I temporarily stopped taking my Asacol due to having to get it from Canada. (No insurance!)

Old Hat
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   Posted 3/1/2011 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Depends "Adjustable Underwear" has side tabs that enable you to tear open along the seams in case of leakage into it-- so that you can remove it w/o having to take off your clothes. If you have no leakage or reason to remove it, you can just pull it down while toileting & pull back up as with fabric underwear. I discovered it during my last flare & found it to be a big improvement over earlier models! The package also states that it "minimizes odors"-- that's the "super-absorbent" thickness claim. Best wishes for a safe trip! / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)

puffed rice
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   Posted 3/1/2011 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
momwithuc, 
I don't like to take immodium because I find it causes major gas pains but I do take the perscription LOMOTIL which is stronger and it works better, bleeding or not.  What I do find that when I am flaring the LOMOTIL slows things down in the colon so you don't go to the bathroom as often therefore my colon does not feel as irritated and raw.  When I am flaring and use an enema the lomotil helps to calm the colon so I am able to retain the enema for longer periods of time and hopefully helping it to heal.  I take one tablet every morning after my BM"s and I am fine all day, it gives me the peace of mind knowing that I will be ok when I go out.

MomWithUC
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   Posted 3/2/2011 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
@puffed rice, hmmm, well since I have no insurance, the LOMOTIL will have to be put on hold, although, maybe I can get my Dr. to call that in if it's not too expensive.

What kind of enemas are you doing? (sorry, I joined this thread late...)

Also, what do you suggest for the mild, low-grade fevers and joint pain? I get those occasionally and have been taking Tylenol for it. I'm wondering if that's ok. And, have you experienced any floaters or vision problems with your UC?
Age 39
Diagnosed with Colitis in 2005, but had a year of IBS-style symptoms before. Had another colonoscopy in 2010, this time Ulcerative Colitis. Went in remission during my pregnancy and lasted from 2006-Sep 18, 2009. Been bleeding for over a year now. Having very bad flare in January when I temporarily stopped taking my Asacol due to having to get it from Canada. (No insurance!)

puffed rice
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   Posted 3/2/2011 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
MomwithUC,
 
I use hycort enemas and cortifoam.  The cost of LOMOTIL HERE in Canada without a drug plan would be 30.35 for 60 tablets.  With my plan I pay $4.00
Have you ever tried adding the oil from Vit E capsules into your enemas.  The vit e stops the bleeding and helps things to heal.  I add the oil from about 8 capsules into my enema bottle.
As for the fevers I only use Tylenol, ibuprophen causes bleeding for me.  Yes I do find that I have vision problems sometimes and dizziness it comes and goes.

ElephantPipe
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   Posted 3/2/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
JennKuc where are you going? Is it for vacation?
21yr old female diagnosed with UC-pancolitis in 2005 at age 15
125mg Azathioprine
Remission? But now some constipation.
Arthritis
Also: asthma, acid reflux, and Raynaud's Syndrome

JennKuc
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   Posted 3/2/2011 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to Dubai for vacation. I am debating on purchasing the direct flight that is around 14 hours....or breaking it up with a stop in London. That would mean first flight is 6-7 hrs, layover in London for about 3-4 hours, then second flight another 7 hrs. I've taken the schedule with breaking up the flights before, and was thinking about trying out the direct flight. But I think i am going to break up the flights again. a break in between means i can get some coffee at London which may help me use the bathroom while i am there during the layover. the last time i took this trip i think my anxiety got the best of me and on the second flight i was feeling sick the whole time and had to use the bathroom 5 times. then on the flight back home i had to go and there was a line..i had to try really really hard to hold it in, which then gives me a full on anxiety with heart beating fast, red splotches on my neck, difficulty breathing etc. i held it, but it was so scary. :-( like i said, most of the time my BM's are formed and normal, but I still have problems holding it in when i have to go. So my fear is i'm going to need to go while on the plane, and not be able to hold it, and then have a big normal BM in my pants. :-(

quincy
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   Posted 3/2/2011 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
So what about the rectal meds to start using now?

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

MomWithUC
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   Posted 3/2/2011 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
@puffedrice,

Thanks for the great advice. To tell you the truth, I never really experimented with the enemas. My Dr. prescribed some steroid and the Asacol-type of enema last summer, but I could only keep it in for a minute and just didn't do the rest of my prescription. I will have to start doing that with the Vitamin E. How often do you suggest, one every single night before bed? I do take the liquid Vitamin E, so I have some here already.

I am going to look into the LOMOTIL, too. Every day it's a new set of things going on. With me, there's no real patterns to be figured out yet, a lot of random symptoms.

I was told that the Ibuprofen could also worsen inflammation, so I will stick with the Tylenol for the fevers. (I really HATE when I get the fevers, that's very uncomfortable and scary!)
Age 39
Diagnosed with Colitis in 2005, but had a year of IBS-style symptoms before. Had another colonoscopy in 2010, this time Ulcerative Colitis. Went in remission during my pregnancy and lasted from 2006-Sep 18, 2009. Been bleeding for over a year now. Having very bad flare in January when I temporarily stopped taking my Asacol due to having to get it from Canada. (No insurance!)

aspergers
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   Posted 10/28/2013 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I signed up just to answer your question.

Being Bowel and Bladder incontinent all my life I have often found myself wearing different brands of disposable diapers over the years, due to growth, and also due to the various changes in the stock that the continence service offer.

Being a holiday maker and flying around three times a year, does not help nor hinder you when you find yourself "pooping in an adult diaper on an airplane"
The type of diaper you are wearing will determine how much, if any, odor control there is. The best option though is to wear a adult terry towelling diaper square over your diaper (to prevent leaks) and a pair of plastic pants over that (to prevent odor). While this may be the best option it will create a diaper bulge, so I would suggest baggy pants / trousers that are black, to make the bulge less obvious.

A caution to note Airplane toilets are not suitable for changing Adult diapers, as they barley cope with baby changing and often have only a small bin. If you soil yourself you will be stuck till you land unless you don't mind a queue of people constantly banging on the bathroom door shouting at you while you change in a small space.

Bobpuvel
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   Posted 10/28/2013 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh man, what a wretched thought. I've only flown once, and it was before I had really bad symptoms (that have since been managed with diet and Lialda). But I think I would definitely wear a diaper, mostly for that extra peace of mind. Imagine sitting there knowing it was either the toilet or your underwear.... And I'm sure it'll hold back the smell better than just your regular clothes. Either way, there's some good advice getting pumped through this thread. I can just say HAPPY TRAVELS! and here's to better health to all of us.
Alex. 21 years old. Diagnosed with UC and Sclerosing Colangitis in September 2010.

Strict follower of the SCD Diet.
Full-time College Student with two part-time jobs, somehow making it all work.
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