IBS ad long haul flights

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littlepinkfrog
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by littlepinkfrog on Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:21 pm

IBS ad long haul flights

My husband and I are going to Canada in early September to visit our Daughter but the idea of the trip is being spoiled for me by the thought of how I am going to manage my IBS. This consists of abdominal cramps that appear suddenly then painful bowel movements occur I can't not eat as I also have type two diabetes and if I don't eat and then take my medication it causes me to go a bit wonky and dizzy. Any suggestions how I can manage the IBS? One other thing I have found that even my morning cup of tea (with no food at that time,) causes me to pass watery stools. My doctor hasn't really been very helpful as she just keeps saying I have had a colonoscopy and they found nothing and so decided on IBS. Thanking you in advance.

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by Dr Anton Bungay on Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:15 pm

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Yes tricky especially as you will be anxious about the flight. Have you had the blood test done to rule out coeliac disease? Have you seen a dietican re IBS as often this approach can help esp since you are diabetic and will need to know what foods are ok with that etc. Do antispasmodics such as buscopan give you relief?
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by Julie Thompson on Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:22 pm

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I would agree with Dr Bungay, a dietitian can be very useful to help you find out what the problem is with foods, you would need to have coeliac disease tested and do need to be eating foods containing gluten to ensure the test is positive please check out the following document
http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG86/PublicInfo/pdf/English
As foods that are high in FODMAPs, or fermentable starches, are generally those foods that also contain indigestable fibre - good usually for diabetes, a dietitian will be helpful to help you tease out those foods which will help both your bowel symptoms and enable you to have a good diet for your diabetes.
I am in the process of writing a post about travel and IBS, you may find some of the following advice useful
If flying, book your seat in advance as near to the toilet as you feel comfortable with. Don't forget your Can't Wait Card (just having this with you can help with the stress of travelling and feeling anxious about needing the loo quickly - being anxious about this problem isn't helpful to IBS symptoms) and keep it in your hand luggage. You can get one from The IBS Network http://www.theibsnetwork.org. You could also mention your needs to cabin crew, they can often help you to access toilet facilities quicker, if you don't wish to let them know on the day, call in advance.
If you suffer from food intolerances, booking your in-flight meal in advance: contact the airline and discuss your needs with them. Take snacks in your hand luggage to ensure regular meals. For followers of the Low FODMAP diet, or those who exclude any other foods, avoiding foods that result in symptoms at least 48 hours prior to travelling.
Contacting your hotel to discuss food requirements before departure is useful or perhaps going for self catering if you have more than one food intolerance and would find it difficult to manage otherwise; often plain food such as rice, chicken & fish are common, so are worth considering.
Equipping yourself with medications such as re-hydration salts is useful, keep them in your first aid pack, as you can become dehydrated very quickly, especially when experiencing diarrhoea. Generally ensuring you drink plenty of fluids: 8-10 glasses per day are usually adequate but you may need more - dark coloured urine is usually a good indication that you are not having enough.
But most of all enjoy your trip - some people find that a holiday is a very good idea for your IBS!
Julie Thompson
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by littlepinkfrog on Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:41 pm

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Thank you for the advice on how to manage my IBS on my long haul flight in September. One thing that I found helpful recently was Imodium, which I used because I was going out with a friend and even short trips are fraught with having to know where the nearest bathroom is, this has settled my stomach a bit and usually enables me to travel for a couple of hours with a bit more confidence, just don't know if taking Imodium long term would be a complete solution. To the idea of seeing a dietician, I had a couple of visits with a dietician at my GP's office but this was primarily to discuss my then newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes and diet for that, maybe I could ask to see her again and discuss my IBS then. I will try to include some of the suggestions that you gave and hope for some improvement before September. Thank you again.
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