What do side stitches mean?

Is a side stitch bad?

Though sometimes very painful, a side stitch is not harmful and does not require medical attention. Doctors sometimes call side stitches exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP). People who exercise have likely had a side stitch at one time or another.

Why do I get side stitches so easily?

The jarring motion of running continuously in addition to breathing in and out stretches these ligaments and prevents them from having enough time to relax. When this happens, the diaphragm becomes stressed and a spasm, the stitch you feel, is more likely to occur.

What causes a side stitch without exercise?

There are various reasons side stitches may occur. “It is thought to be related to improper training, dehydration, incorrect breathing, weak core or pelvic floor muscles, or eating too much before activity,” says Sara Mikulsky, MD, a physical therapist and owner of Wellness Physical Therapy, PLLC in New York City.

Why does my sides hurt when I dance?

It’s really just a muscle cramp,” said Josh Laudig, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, fitness coordinator at the Texas A&M Coastal Bend Health Education Center. “The smaller muscles around your ribs expand and constrict during your workout, and they could eventually cramp and cause side stiches.”

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How long can side stitches last?

At their worst, side stitches can persist as pain or lasting tightness for several days. At their most innocuous, they can go away in a few seconds.

Should I push through a side stitch?

Push on the stitch

If you feel a stitch coming on, stop running and step out of the way. Locate the stitch and place your hand in the location where you feel the stitch coming on. Push on the area while inhaling. Each time you exhale, push a little deeper into the painful spot.

How do you get rid of a side stitch?

If the pain is on your right side, raise your right hand overhead and gently bend your torso in the opposite direction of the pain until you feel a gentle stretch. When the side stitch pain begins to ease up, start walking and gradually work your way back up to a full pace run.

Can appendicitis feel like a side stitch?

When appendicitis first hits, it can feel like indigestion or a side stitch. However, the pain will typically shift to your right side over several hours, and it will intensify as the swelling in your appendix grows.

What does it mean if your sides hurt?

Most people experience flank pain at least once in their life, and the discomfort is usually temporary. However, constant or severe flank pain may indicate a serious medical condition, such as dehydration or a urinary tract infection. Kidney stones or another kidney problem may also cause persistent flank pain.

What can cause stitch like pain?

A stitch can occur during any kind of mid- to high-intensity exercise, however it is mostly associated with running. A current explanation is that during running, the stitch is caused by the weight of organs such as the stomach, spleen and liver pulling on ligaments that connect them to the diaphragm.

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