I do apologies for making so many threads lately. I am just getting a little nervous.
In just over a month I will be flying to China (Shanghai) to complete my university studies. I will be studying Mandarin and will be studying there for 1 year (perhaps more). Unfortunately I was recently diagnosed with UC and it has come at a very inconvienent time. For all of 2010 I was preparing for my trip to China and was already stressed. Now with this additional burden, I am even more stressed. What makes things even more difficult is that I do not (currently) speak any mandarin so communication will be difficult over there. Furthermore, China has a low incidence of UC so treatment over there is less developed than in the Western world. Having said that, however, UC is not unheard of over there so if need be I can see one of the GIs over there.
I was hoping I could get some advice from fellow UC sufferers who have been to China or frequent there often. The questions I wanted to ask are:
1) Does anyone know of any gastroenterologists over there who are experienced and speak english too?
2) How would I go about ordering the probiotic VSL #3 to be shipped to my address in Shanghai? I went to the company's website and browsed the section on international ordering. The page lists many countries (such as India, USA, Australia, UK, Canada etc.) but it fails to mention China at all. On the bottom of the page is a box that says "For All Other Customers" and gives a contact e-mail. However I have e-mailed this address many times and have not recieved any reply.
So far I am having around 2 - 3 BMs a day based on the SCD diet whilst using rectal meds. There has been no blood or mucus (from what I can see) but I have been feeling my stomach cramping and feeling a bit bloated so I am looking at VSL #3 to provide a little more comfort. I will introduce a fiber supplement as well but I am not too concerned about this at the moment as I know I will be able to easily obtain that in China. It is the VSL #3 probiotic which I am concerned about. I will be taking a large suit case of rectal and oral meds so obviously I won't have the capacity to take an additional year's supply of VSL #3 with me too.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.