Flying with a bag!

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   Posted 3/31/2006 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
This is my first post since my op, i used to go on the ulcerative colitis page, i've only just discovered this forum! Im going skiing on Sunday, my first time flying since the op. I was wondering, does the air pressure or anything whilst on the flight make the bag blow up more? Im worried because im going with the school and dont really want to look half pregnant! Thank you.

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   Posted 3/31/2006 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   

You will be fine flying with an ostomy.  The cabins are pressurized which will prevent you from blowing up.  Have fun skiing!


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 3/31/2006 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I've flown to the USA, all over the USA, over to the UK, several flights in the UK then an 18 hour trip home to Australia again all without a problem. Make sure you ask for an aisle seat so you don't have to climb over people to get to the loo and pack some extra supplies in your hand luggage in case your main luggage goes astray. Oh, and precut everything before hand as they won't let you take scissors with you onboard. If you use tape, precut the strips and stick them on to a plastic zip lock baggie. That way you can just peel them off and use them if you need to.

The best advice I can give you? Enjoy your trip!
I have had an ileostomy for 30 years now due to UC.
I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!

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   Posted 4/1/2006 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much

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   Posted 4/2/2006 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
My partner had his Ileostomy op in Sept/05 and we are just back from our first holiday [Tenerife] and he had no problems with his bag at all in the plane, this is what we were worried about also.
Enjoy your holiday, you deserve it.

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   Posted 4/20/2006 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
hi, i had an illeostomy 4 years ago flying is fine my bag blows up a bit when taking off try covering the filter if you have ever seen a bag of crisps on a plane a bit like that when the seat belt light goes out i nip to the loo let the wind out and i am ok landing feels funny to me a bit of pressure a bit like your ears popping but nothing to  worry about just rub your tummy i have flown a lot sinse my op in fact just come back from India. If you go to a hot climate and you have problems with them sticking get some flange extenders they are great. Had a problem one yaer in spain but as i say just been to Indai 45 degrees not one bit of trouble never have there ice always be very clean with your hands i have eaten salads abroad but not in India i was very careful not one bad tummy. good luck having a bag doesn't stop you doing anything
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