UC and camping

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   Posted 12/24/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have applied back to school in the fall.  I am excited and hope to get into the program that I applied too.  The program that I applied too, has a couple of field courses.  5 week long exctutions.  During these week long courses, spending 2-3 days in a tent.  The remaining time will be spent indoors.
Now, I don't mind tenting, however I have not gone camped since I have been dignosed with UC back in March 07.  I always go to the washroom at least 2 twice in the morning, usually twice in the fist half hour that I am up.
I have to admit that even though September is far off, I am worried about the field courses.  I am not comfortable staying in a tent and without having access to a clean washroom.  I hate porta potties.  I don't know if the camping area will be in walking distance from the indoor facitliaties.
If anyone camps with UC, how do you cope when camping?  I am talking about not flaring and feeling good.

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   Posted 12/24/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I can't help with suggestions regarding camping, because it's something I don't do, except to say take your meds, a fibre supplement, probiotics and an antispasmodic (I use dicyclomine).

Hope it works out for you.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each  @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Eva Lou
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   Posted 12/24/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry about that field course- I mean, it sounds really cool, but I haven't been able to go camping since my diagnosis either! I wish I could, but seeing as I run to the bathroom 4-6 times every morning with extreme urgency, I just can't see how that would work in a tent. Even having to walk 5 minutes to the facilities would be too long- in the AM I just can't do it. I guess if you could bring your own camp toilet, that may work. Although if you are sharing a tent with someone, there would definitely be some explaining to do. I miss being able to camp, I slept outside the better part of my 20's! Why don't you talk with the professor, explain the situation, & tell them you will bring your own camp toilet? In case an emergency arises. Check this one out- it rocks!!! http://www.chemisan.com/product.html   also- what are you going to school for, sounds interesting!

diagnosed with UC '02
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Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
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   Posted 12/24/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been camping w/ crohns but I go places that have a building w/ some toilets in them or at least an outhouse with an actual seat to sit on. I can usually hold it for at least the 5 minute walk. Also, there is plenty of woods if it ever did get to that. I think you should be ok. My bigger concern is what they will have for you to eat that week. I am on a fairly strict diet and bring a lot of my own food when I camp.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 12/24/2008 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there anyway you could get one of those portable camping potty's? I have one in the back of my van...so if you have your own personal tent then that's what I would do.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 12/25/2008 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
ok funny camping story for you...years ago (college days) we were camping in Sedona, AZ...We used to go almost every weekend somewhere...so anyway it was early in the am and i woke up and had to go! so i walked pretty far away from our camp site went behind some big rocks, squatted and got ready to do my thing...all of a sudden I was literally caught with my pants down when a Pink Jeep Tour jeep camp around the corner less than 15 feet from me!!! i was mortified! i think they were too...what did i do? the only thing i could- smiled and waved!

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/25/2008 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I went on a 1-month road/camping trip this past summer...I hate outhouses too. I guess I just kind of got used to them.

There were a few times when I couldn't make it there and had to go out in the forest. But hey, when you're in the mountains, who cares?

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/25/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys
Eva Lou said...
  also- what are you going to school for, sounds interesting!
I will be taking a fish and wildlife conservation technican program.  I am Extremely excited.

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