I just travelled from Chicago to the UK and had a horrible time on the way over. My 2nd leg from Heathrow to Edinburgh was a nightmare!! I think that I tried to do to much before I left (exhaustion always triggers bad things for me) and also ate to many things that were questionable for me and didn't eat/drink often enough. I was down for the count for the first 2 days over there. Not good when you're on vacation. I didn't sprint for the bathroom while on the plane but I made sure I used it before landing and through the flight so that I didn't have to worry about
the pressure changes causing any bad effects on my bowels. I also always make sure that while my seatbelt is fastened, it's not tight because the pressure of a seatbelt or belt always causes me problems when I sit for extended periods of time in a car or plane.
On the way back I drank only water and chamomile tea and ate most of my bland meal (special order - worth it for me even though I couldn't eat the salad they kept including and it didn't have much flavor) + a slice of cheesecake (the regular dessert) and was fine. I took my time eating and also had some snacks with me (mmm...I love shortbread!!) I also rested/slept a lot more on the way back which I think helped a lot. I always leave in the afternoon or early evening when going over to the UK so that I can sleep on the plane to decrease my exhaustion and also make sure that I don't have any flights that leave early in the morning (before 11 for me). This was my first flight since my DX w/ UC but I had symptoms last time I flew overseas. Bonus - I found that it was way easier to shop for food in the UK compared to the US.
Diagnosed w/ severe pancolitis 11/20/2007
Asacol - 6 (400mg) 2x/day, Tums EX - 2 - 3x/day,
Xifaxin 2 (200mg) 2x/day, Prednisone 5mg (started at 40mg Nov 07), multi-vitamin, calcium and vit d supplement, potassium supplement, Junel FE (BCP)