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BadGutGirl
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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I'm about to enter into a period of some seriously icky traveling - on to a different location every few days, going to totally unknown places with unknown people, on tiny little planes with no bathrooms!!! (yikes) and on top of all of that, most of my flights are in prime flare times (early in the am and late at night).

This is all going to go on and on and on for the next 6 weeks. So my question is this. It might be a silly one, but any magic fixes for a bad D filled flare so that I can not poop myself sitting beside some stranger on a little plane or on my way to a business meeting?

~BGG

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33 yr old, female.
Diagnosed with UC in 1996, symptoms since 1990
Currently in a UC flare since July 2008 *grrrr*
On Imuran 2mg/day, Primal Defence 2 tables/day, now added cortifoam for flare


Peety
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   Posted 9/8/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Try one-half an immodium before you board the planes. And if I were in your position I would just go ahead a get some adult diapers. It might help just to know you have them. My doc gave me an Rx for an anti-anxiety drug, but I don't think it made me feel any different.
I sympathize! I have to fly quite a bit. Small planes are torture. So was that period when you absolutely had to stay seated for 30 mintues flying into D.C. Relax, Breathe, but don't sleep because you know what happens as soon as you wake up!
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. 
Currently 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.
 


puffed rice
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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   

LOMOTIL has always worked great for me for stopping the D and slowing down the intestines. If I have to go anywhere where I am stuck with no washrooms or on a plane I always make sure I take one before I go and always have them with me.  My last trip on a plane for 8hrs was great, no urges at all for a BM plus my stomache felt relaxed not all in knots.  Anti-anxiety drugs help as well to relax you, sometimes I would take half a xanax.  You will need a perscription for the Lomotil.


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dakotagirl
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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Immodium or lomotil (rx strength immodium) etc might help - but use with care! I get the "rebounds" the day after which isn't pleasant.

I like the idea of maxi pads or depends - just to soothe the mind and make cleanup easier if something does go wrong.

Have you tried fiber to bulk things up?

Best of luck!
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Peety
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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
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. 
Currently 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.
 


beartooth
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   Posted 9/8/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd be careful with the Immodium or any other anti-d drug. They work by blocking absorption in the small intestine, which makes things stay in there longer. This causes some rock-hard stools. What that means for me is that when I stop taking it, I have some EXTREMELY painful movements for a day or two afterwards. If you find a quick fix, be sure to let us know. Good luck!
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06 - currently flaring
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda

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