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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 82
   Posted 8/22/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! I'm going to Europe (Italy and France) for two weeks and was wondering if anyone has any tips for traveling with UC, particularly in Europe. Thanks!
28 yr old female
Ulcerative Colitis-left sided
Diagnosed Summer 2006
Fish oil, probiotics, aloe vera juice
No coffee, no alcohol, no popcorn
(got cocky during remission, now know this is probably for life)
Never taken UC meds

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2148
   Posted 8/22/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to the UK in Jan and had no issues, it was pretty much the same as here. The odd thing for me when I travel or am away, I usually have less bm's.

I was worried about having a bm on the long plane ride and it being loud and everyone hearing it but luckily my bum waited to explode until I got off the plane and really, what can you do? Nothing, so if you have to go, you go and people just have to understand and you will probably never see any of them again.

I was flaring at the time and it was a little stressful mostly b/c it was for work and I had meetings from 8 to 8 and then dinners afterwards, luckily, I could escape to my hotel room for private bm's.
Beth, 31
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Asacol 400 mg 6 pills 2xday
Calcium and Vitamin D 600 mg 2xday
Simastavin 20 mg 1xday
Diovan 80mg 1xday (dx: hematuria w/proteinuria): I have normal blood pressure, this is for my kidney - waiting for a dx.

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 169
   Posted 8/22/2007 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
One word---Imodium! (If necessary)
Dx Left-sided UC Dec. 2006
Azathioprine (Imuran) 125mg/day
Prednisone 15mg/day (trying to taper-started at 60 6/1)
Lialda 4/day

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 8/22/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Cottenelle travel wipes!!! I can't leave the house without them!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, Rowasa every other night, back to 30 mg pred.
Waiting for prometheus test to start Immuran
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

Another UC wife
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 2111
   Posted 8/22/2007 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Depending on the urgency and if you could be accident prone if a bathroom is not readily accessible go for the depends which can be worn under your regular underwear and the travel wipes. Just having that safety net takes alot of stress out of the situation and actually can keep things calmer not worrying about it so much. Females have it a bit easier as we can have a larger handbag and keep some emergency supplies handy. I suppose a guy could use one of the fanny packs/belly bags to keep something in for an emergency. I'll have to remember that for ourselves if he were to be caught short when we travel. Of course the immodium is a must.

60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  July 07 starting to feel somewhat normal 75mg Imuran 40  mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots.

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