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Side stitches while running

I've been experiencing intensely painful side stitches while running, and sometimes even just fast walking, particularly on the treadmill. I've been "speed walking" long distances for years, but am only an occasional runner. Regardless, this pain thing is pretty new. I've heard water and fast exhalations work for some, but apparently not for me. Does anyone else have this problem? And if so, any suggestions on what could help?

Sat. Jun 2, 12:11am

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 8:34 PM

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try staying very hydrated all day and long deep breaths- breathe through your nose and out your mouth... that's always helped me

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 8:36 PM

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I occasionally got those side stiches when I was running a lot. I second the breathing. If I remember my Runner's World suggestion (a great online resource, btw) exhaling forcefully seems to help.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 8:55 PM

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i've found that running for a bit with my arms raised above my head helps. sure, i look like a fool, but such i life. CGS

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 9:29 PM

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What causes the side pains anyway? Is it related to your breathing? I try to keep my breathing even and that seems to ward it off for me. I'll have to try the hands above my head next time! I'm not afraid to look like an idiot if it makes me feel better! ;-)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 9:36 PM

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