If your uc symptoms are good than traveling and dating should offer little to no inconvenience. If, however, your symptoms are bad then both will provide varying degrees of challenge.
For dating, I wouldn't introduce your medical conditions right away (no introductions, "hi, I'm John and I have chronic health condition known as ulcerative colitis") lol. Rather, I'd wait until you've been on a number of dates, and it seems like this might be a person you want to remain with, then I'd bring it up. If something comes up earlier, then you'll have to address it then. It's important to know if this person will be able to cope with your chronic illness and be a supportive and helpful partner over the long-term. As some are just insensitive, immature, or just cannot cope with medical issues and avoid those people like the plague given your new reality. We all have many redeeming qualities and uc is just one small part of us, and doesn't define us as a whole. During dating they either accept us for who we are, with all of our positives and our negatives (our personality quirks or mannerisms) or move on.
For travel, I would recommend keeping your prescript
ion medications with you in your carry on bag. Nobody wants to deal with medications lost with luggage. If you have bm urgency during the time of your flights then Imodium taken an hour or so before your flight can help (slows down the digestive tract and absorbs extra water reducing your urgency). Those of us with more severe symptoms often avoid eating and caffeine before and during travel as that can stimulate urgency and bms. We also bring an emergency kit containing a change of underwear, wet wipes, and extra toilet paper in a large ziplock bag, just in case an accident occurs (great for peace of mind and worst case scenarios). If you have food sensitivities then bring healthy snacks, and avoid the temptations of problem foods.
Enjoy your travel, be prepared, and try not to worry as stress can aggravate bowel issues.
Moderator ulcerative colitis
John, 37, uc proctosigmoiditis in remission
Rx: Remicade 5mg/kg/8 weeks and 6MP 50mgs/day
Diet mods and supplements didn't help me.
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