I agree, you don't want to take big doses of immodium, especially if you have to be comfortable day after day on your travels. Just a little bit can help.
Xanax, that was what I was prescribed too. Maybe it will help you, I don't think it helped me but didn't do any harm either.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
tapering OFF presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.