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jayce
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   Posted 2/4/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
my daughter had booked a trip to acapulco for spring break before she had symptoms- and it is getting closer to departure.
we don't know what to do about it, if she is in good shape at the time - we feel it would put her at
high risk for relapse if she were to get travelers diareah. the Dr really was not in favor of it, but said if she goes she would put her on prophylactic antibiotic rifaxamin-she is on that now as part of her treatment- we can wait and see how she does until then, but i'm just wondering if it's just too risky, has anyone here stayed in mexico and come home no worse than when they went?-thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50


kb5
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   Posted 2/4/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in mexico last november while in a flare. I made sure to stay away from the water...including ice cubes, washed foods, drinks like margaritas that even without ice contain water in their mix. I drank only bottled water and used it to brush my teeth. I only ate food prepared by the staff where I was staying. There are a lot of street vendors and such that i don't think anyone should go near. My Gi gave me a prescription for an antibiotic that i never needed. two others i was staying with got traveler's D, but i was so careful that i was fine. My Gi even tested me for parasites and such when i got back. He didn't want me to go either but my fahter in law was getting married so i had to be there. I still had fun even though i ate very little (i brought fruit leathers and crackers in my suitcase in case i needed snacks) and was super careful. I missed having a margarita every day like my family but I got to be there!

There have been a few threads about this you may find something in the google search above.
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, 15 mg pred, down to 10 mg 1/11/08!
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07...
Taken off of Imuran temporarily 1/11/08-back on 1/16/08
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


tjf
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   Posted 2/5/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to Mexico a couple of years ago and had a great time. The only adjustment I made was to drink bottle watered and no mixed drinks (that would have any kind of ice or added water).

If she is feeling great and wants to go she should! You can't live your life cooped up in your house worried about what "could" happen!

PS Why is she on an antibiotic as part of her daily regiment? Just curious.
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expecting226
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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   

She should go!  As long as she is feeling up to it, there is no reason why she can't travel. 

Your daughter can lead a normal life with her UC.  I have traveled all over the world with my UC - Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Vietnam... with more countries to come! 

There is no need to hold her back.  She just needs to follow the usual travel rules... only bottled water, only cooked foods, etc.

 


Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)


jayce
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 387
   Posted 2/5/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for your replies-i'm glad they were pretty much posiitive-i want her to do whatever she can if she feels well-
tjf re the antibiotic, her dr believes in a study that was done about this rifaxamin so she is giving it a try. it's been about 1 week
i don't know if it is working, but her symptoms have improved for now but she also began the 6mp and increased colazol at the same time-we shall see-thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50


Beth75
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   Posted 2/5/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
bottled water only from a known brand, no ice, no salad (not washed in bottled water), no fruit unless you peel it yourself, only cooked food. Bring some granola bars and stuff to snack on while there too, that way you are not eating a ton of the food. I did well in Aruba both times I was there. I am a little nervous about going to the Dominican in 3 months but hope to get a script from my GI just in case and bring bottles of kaopectate. A vacation will do her a world of good I think.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC dx'd March 2000 (30 cenitmeters as of 2005-proctosigmoiditis)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


princesa
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   Posted 2/5/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd advise her not to go. It's not worth the risk, IMO. When we went, we were extremely careful - no water, no ice in drinks, brushing our teeth with bottled water, the whole nine yards - and we still got sick. This was prior to my UC diagnosis, although I suffered with IBS off and on. I got very ill with the usual cramping and diarrhea, but my sister-in-law fared even worse with nausea, night sweats, joint swelling. The only thing we could figure she ate that the rest of us didn't was a burger with avacado on it.

Even though I'm relatively healthy now and know how to manage my UC, I'd think long and hard about a trip to Mexico. If I was in the shape your daughter is in, I would definitely not go. If she's determined to try it anyway, I'd send Natren probiotics with her and instruct her to take high doses 3-4 times a day at the onset of of digestive distress.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 

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