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Hi -
I've read alot about the various tactics other people use to combat muscular cramping during rides, but I very rarely ever suffer from that kind of cramping. More often I get a "side stitch" - a very sudden and very sharp pain/tightness in my lower right abdomen at the very bottom of the rib cage. The side stitch occurs without any warning and always in the same location. It happens to me infrequently and only as often as about 3-4 times per year, but I would like to know what causes it and how to prevent it.

I've read that side stitches are caused by everything up to and including:
-electrolyte depleation (just like a regular muscle cramp)
-rapid, shallow breathing
-weak abs
-poor fitness
-drinking quickly or 'gulping' fluids
-drinking fluids that are too cold
-eating too close to a workout
and my favorite:
-irritation of the ligaments connecting the liver

Does anyone here know for sure and what do you do about it?
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