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   Posted 11/20/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
i am about to go on a five hour flight and i am a little nervous about the bathroom situation. this is the first time i have flown since my colitis really got funky. there are all of about three bathrooms on the plane and there is ALWAYS a line. any suggestions?

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diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery

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   Posted 11/20/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Use the airport bathroom near the boarding area before boarding and try not to eat heavy foods the night before.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily

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   Posted 11/20/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Before getting on the plane, I don't eat much for about 30 hours prior to boarding, especially if my flight is in the morning or early afternoon.  I'm not telling you to do that, since it's not healthy at all...just telling you what I do. It's the only way to guarantee that I'll get on the plane and not miss the flight.
---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day 2 Lialda/day (we'll see how that goes)
5mg Prednisone done for now :)
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   

I posted a message on a similar topic a few days back - I got some handy feedback from it so here's a link to the discussion:

Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatments, chinese herbs, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic.
Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared up.
Completed first (6-week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
Currently on: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite (not sure if it works).
Holding off from taking next dose of Pred as the side-effects were strong, but may have to give in if I'm not better soon.

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   Posted 11/20/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
tell the flight attendants at the gate BEFORE boarding that you have a medical issue that requires you to sit right next to the toilet.
they will let you pre-board. then you can sit right there and monitor the loo.
since it is a short flight (not short, but i just flew from australia to US so 5 hours seems short)... you are probably on a smaller plane.

best thing to do is just watch the toilet your sitting next to and if you feel anything... pop in line before it gets big.
or tell whoever comes up that you are next in line but you have to sit rather than stand in front of them.

good luck!
steph - 31 year old female - diagnosed UC in 2000
started as proctitis and now is pancolitis..this year long flare is now severe on left side only. 
50mg prednisone 1x day with breakfast
50mg imuran 1x  8pm stopped it to try and have a baby
2x 500mg mesalazine 2x day + night
colifoam 1x at night
now taking calcium supps for pred side effects
VSL#3 didnt work - Aloe Elite didnt work - Budesonide 9mg day didnt work
ive lost 40+lbs and my legs look like sticks ... ewww

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/20/2007 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I just remembered something that really helped me on a flight... I listened to a relaxation recording on my iPod. It really worked to keep me relaxed and remember to breath deeply.

Oh, and popping a Xanax before the flight also helped a lot too!
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.

Jeremy "Mr. Snuts"
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   Posted 11/21/2007 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Stay calm! Stressing about going as we all know is what makes you go. Just make sure to go before you board and if the plane isn't full, after the seats fill up switch to a back seat! :D
Diagnosed with Severe Ulcerative Colitis 1/04 -(18 at the time)
11/04 Total Colectomy
2/05 Ostomy Takedown
1/06 DVT In leg
5/06 Pulmonary Embolii
4/07 Another DVT In leg
Current Medications -
Vicodin 800mg when needed(yumyum)

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