Hmmmm... From Canada, joined May 1999, 2088 posts, RR: 5 Posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4504 times:
Yes, this is aviation-related. Is it just me or do others get constipated after a long overseas flight? I always do. I remember one time it lasted 5 days. Finally I resorted to prunes. Strangely though, it seems only to happen going eastbound to Europe. Never coming back. I surmise it's the change of environment, change of diet, and the stress of a long journey. Anyone else carry All-Bran in their suitcase?
BTW, never eat prunes unless you are constipated. I did once. Gawd, I'll never forget that.
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Agrodemm From Greece, joined Apr 2000, 401 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4344 times:
Well...... Being away from home has its negative effects, and going back to home has its positive effects.
Some people say that our organism (to put it this way.. ) is very home-seeking as well.
I will give you a good tip from the army ....
Drink a nice hot cup of coffee of your choice, and right after drink a cup of fresh (if possible) orange juice on the rocks.
P.S Don't forget to take a newspaper/magazine with you after that....
CPRjet From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 68 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4247 times:
You're not the only one who gets constipated while flying and travelling generally. I flew from the east coast to Honolulu and couldn't go for days and then plugged up the toilet in my hotel room when I finally went! How embarrassing! Your system basically slows up while travelling, I guess.
Oozabooza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4233 times:
I would imagine that the same type of air expansion and contractions that happen in your inner ear also happen to gas in your colon. Ask the pilot to depressurize the cabin a bit and I'm sure relief will be near!
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 53 Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4220 times:
I just have to say, this is one of the funniest damned threads I've seen here... I love it!
Oozabooza: you also have a hilarious user name!
In addition to the depressurization technique you suggest, I would also recommend eating whatever they serve you on board. Especially if it's something in cream or butter sauce, because lord know it's not real cream or butter, and in fact cream or butter-flavored partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, and should definitely do the trick.
Also, the interiors of most NW aircraft are enough to make anyone lose some form of bodily fluid upon looking at them...
Aa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4215 times:
I am glad people get constipation on planes. I once was in a BA 777, and the person using the toilet before me obviously wasn't constipated, oh man was it nasty in there! I warned my whole family to venture to the back of the plane to use the toilets instead of that one. The FAs even had to walk around with air freshener it was giving off such a smell. It was nasty!!!!!