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stomach cramps - help!?(5 posts)

stomach cramps - help!?montavi
Jul 22, 2002 10:40 AM
I was about 10 miles into a ride yesterday and started getting severe cramps in my stomach - only on the right side, and kinda under my ribs. I tried to push on, but after a couple miles it was so bad i had to get off the bike & lay down on my back. After about 5 minutes, i felt fine and started riding again. They kept coming back - i would be able to ride for about 5 or 10 minutes, then have to stop & lay down - the rest of the way home.

It was hot but not that bad, i had plenty of water. A couple hours before riding i ate some cereal, and a banana, then 1/2 a power bar right before i left (i often have cereal & milk before morning rides without problems). After i got home and laid around for about 15 minutes, i felt fine the rest of the day.

any ideas/similar experiences?

Same problemcabinfever
Jul 22, 2002 10:47 AM
Yes, this happened to me after a hard hill climb last week. I coasted down the other side, and eventually it went away without having to stop. It was identical to what you explained. Pain on the right side almost under my rib, or just below it. Sometimes your spleen will cramp, but I think this is more commonly referred to as having a "stitch" in your side. I don't think mine could have been associated with eating, because I didn't eat anything. The only thing I did differently was I used Gatorade because I was out of Cytomax until my next order came in.
re: stomach cramps - help!?curlybike
Jul 22, 2002 11:30 AM
Actually, I think that is a spasm in your diaphragm caused by exercise. I frequently occurs with runners. I know that it really hurts and it really feels good when it stops.
Side stitchrideslikeagirl
Jul 22, 2002 11:46 AM
They suck!

When I'm in better form, I get them less often. Like now, it's pretty rare I'll get them. But, once one sets in, they're really tough to get rid of during a ride.

One technique I read about is called 'belly breathing'. Basically, you need to expand your stomach on the inhale and push out as much air as possible on the exhale. Even to the point of kinda wheezing the last bit out.

Sometimes this works. And it supports the diaphragm spasm theory.

When I started riding, I could't eat anything in the two hours before heading out. That was a sure-fire way to come down with a stitch.

Good luck
Unbelievable! Exactly what happened to me yesterday!chopper
Jul 22, 2002 12:40 PM
I was about 40 miles into my ride and I began to experience extreme pain on my right side under my rib cage. I couldn't take a deep breath and had to stop and lay down for about 5 minutes. This has never happened to me before and I was fine for the rest of my ride. I chalked it up to Extran, which I used yesterday for only the second time ever. I too had plenty to eat and was hydrated sufficiently. I used Extran today as well to see if that was it and had no problems but I only rode 20 miles to work.