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spluxa
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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi guys! We are planning to go on vacation to Mexico with my husband and baby son. yeah We haven't been on vacation for sooo long, and I don't want to screw it up for my family. I'm good now, but I'm scarred to get flare on vacation. Any suggestions what should I take and do while I'm there, any precautions? Any advises and experiences welcome. :-)


Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***






Red_34
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   Posted 2/13/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
#1 - Do not drink the water! Drink bottle water if you can. Make sure to pack extra meds, especially rectal. But you know what I found out? When I am on vacation, I actually feel better! It's like my body forgets that it has Uc and I usually have a really great time.
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spluxa
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   Posted 2/13/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Red, do you think their bottle water is better? :-)) Last time when we went on vacation, I had bigest flare in my life! And i have not known yet that I have UC, I thought it food poison :-)) I was in the bed most of the time... So, this time i want to enjoy it!!!!!
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***






Red_34
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   Posted 2/13/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what the flight regulations are, unless you are driving? But can you bring your own bottle water from home? LOL I don't know if their bottle water is any different or better but I would like to think so :)
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
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~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3 epidural injections-second series starts 2/17, OA in my fingers -Celebrex, Tylonel Arthritis and Voltaren Gel
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Cadillac Lover
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   Posted 2/13/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Bottle water or corona! Bring your own bottle water if possible, who knows about theirs unless they have bottled water from here. Last time in mexica I ate a fish taco and got sick bad for the night. We would usually bring our own bread and sandwich stuff, of course we drove and rosarito/ensanada is very close to the border of cali.
Diagnosed with UC summer of 08.
Currently taking asacol 1600mg 3 x a day, Prednisone for 50 days & Mesalamine rectal meds twice a day.
Currently having a flare.


madabs
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 388
   Posted 2/13/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you and your UC both have a good time! Sometimes vacations are the best medicine.
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
6mp * asacol 12/daily * rowasa pm * cortifoam am 
 Culturelle Probiotic - prilosec - metamucil capsules
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do.  lifes been good to me so far.  -joe walsh


Peety
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   Posted 2/13/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you have a wonderful time, but I think Mexico is the last place I would try to go as a person with a digestive disease. Since the baby probably doesn't care, was this your husband's idea and are there other alternatives? You haven't had this for long so I hope you know what you are doing. Sorry to be a downer, but this would be downright dangerous for me.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


spluxa
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   Posted 2/13/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Peety, how Mexico is the last place to go? Or you mean if I have UC I can't leave the house further then 10 miles? I do NOT agree!!!!
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***






bbc
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1580
   Posted 2/13/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Leave your UC at home!


Enjoy your time away : )
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 3X per week and canasa every other day
Natural anti fungal, anti inflammation supplements and Probiotics.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Reduced sugar in my diet by at least 70%
Reduced wheat products by 70% 
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily (unless like now : (  I've lost too much weight)
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
 
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Peety
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   Posted 2/13/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I really hope you are fine.
There are things in the water there -- and therefore in all the cooking there -- that our bodies can't handle. Mexico is notorious for it -- Montezuma's revenge and all. Digestive upset like that is guaranteed to be really hard on our vulnerable digestive systems and given a choice I would go ANYWHERE else for vacation. It wouldn't be worth it to risk spending the next few months trying to get out of a flare. Just not worth it.
You asked for opinions, sorry to upset you.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


Shadam
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 307
   Posted 2/14/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm actually going to Cabo in late March as well.  I'm staying at an americanized resort but am a little nervous about.  Hopefully everything goes well...
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Currently on Asacol 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Daily Green Tea, de-shelled sunflower seeds & spinach and 1 Multi Vitamin a day


glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 2/14/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Rifaximin is used to treat traveler's diarrhea. It kills e.coli but not other bugs. Maybe you could talk to your GI about getting a prescription to take while you're there. It's also used for people with IBS to help w/bloating, etc. My old GI prescribed it for me because he said some people with UC have good luck w/it helping their symptoms. It might be worth a shot to start a course of it before you go and remain on it while you're gone. Best of luck to you, I hope you have a wonderful trip.
Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano


cheeky22
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 2/16/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Resorts are fine!   There business is tourists so they are not going to jeopordize thier business by serving food/water that is contaminated!
Tap water is usually not drinkable and that is why they provide bottled water.  Food is fine as resorts usally have a type of filter system for the water they use for cooking to ensure that food is fine.
Stay away from tap water (including brushing your teeth, and dont drink any while showering) and you will be fine.
 
Enjoy your vacation!!!!

Qvist
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 145
   Posted 2/16/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I was in Egypt last March. I'm sure Mexico can't be worse ? :-)
No problems at all. Well I - like everybody else - had a little "thin stomach" but nothing UC related.
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