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Old 02-24-2013, 03:48 PM   #1
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pain while running near subclavian artery

I just recently started a regular exercise program that includes running and light weight training.

Now that my running pace is improving I am having a weird problem at around the first mile to mile and half of most of my runs. If I push myself at all at the start of the run then there will be a sudden, sharp pain under my collar bone (either side but usually left) about an inch and a half away from where the collar bone meets the sternum. When it hits I can feel a sharp pain that pulses with my heart. It feels like there's a build up of pressure there in the vein/artery.

Slowing down and swinging the arm on the affected side makes it go away after a few seconds and it rarely returns during the run.

Prior to starting the new program I occasionally hiked or biked, but no more than a couple times a month and only ever casually.

I'm 32, 6'1", 185, have a resting heart rate in the 60s and have always had a low blood pressure (100-120 / 60-70) when not regularly exercising and much lower when on a regular exercise program.

Any thoughts on what this might be?
Is this something that I should worry about?
Are there exercises I can do to alleviate the problem?
How might I avoid this becoming more serious?

Thanks for the help.

 
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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Re: pain while running near subclavian artery

i have the same problem. Its called Subclavian Artery Thrombosis http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/424673-overview. I've broken my collarbone 5 times total (both sides) leaving considerable sized bumps where it healed. I think thats whats restricting blood flow in my case. I usually only feel pain when i'm training hard and my hearts really pumping. Maybe you have akwardly placed clavicals that are too close to the artery? Thats just my guess... anyways id recommend slowly building speed when running instead of immediately going hard.

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