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    Side Ache of Doom

    I have been riding more and more this summer, I'm getting quite fast (average above 20mph) for long distances, last night I did a 20 mile ride and on the way back home I had the worst side ache. It felt like a knife was stuck in my lower right rib. It was worse the normal but I get them often, flat rides usually are not to bad but anything with hills is trouble. Seems to be the worst whenever I move out of the saddle climbing or sprinting. They seem to start after about 30-40 minutes in the saddle or when I do a large hill, there seems to be some rough correlation with drinking water but not sure. Any ideas? I can't really find a pattern, they seem to happen no matter what I do.

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    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
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    Have you been to a Dr?

    My "side ache of doom" has my Dr lining up an ultrasound to check my gall bladder.

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    sounds like a normal side stitch...i think it only happens when you are giving a very hard effort and you are breathing very rapidly...the muscles between your ribs are taxed and they cause this pain....that's what i've heard atleast.

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    Sounds like a stitch to me too. But, I was diagnosed once with pleurisy which causes same kind of pain. Basically an inflammation of a "liner" over the lung. Can cause more rubbing at rib area. Hurts like he77 but did eventually clear up. I do still get the "stitch" though when doing long climbs. Just keep powering through that.....life is pain !

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    ride lots be safe Creakyknees's Avatar
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    +1 it's a stitch, most likely

    I get 'em in the early season when I ramp up the training load and start doing longer harder efforts, with a bit of tummy fat compressing the lungs.

    Once I get fitter and lose the belly, it stops and I rarely get stitches in summer unless it's just a brutally hard effort, like a full race-ending sprint followed by another "go" session.

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