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Question Getting a stitch - April 14th 2009, 08:42 AM

I have a really bad problem with getting stitches when I'm running. Sometimes they are so bad that i can't go on and have to lie down. What can I do about it?
   
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Re: Getting a stitch - April 16th 2009, 11:39 AM

Hey, I'm going to move this to General Health.

Please know that we aren't medical professionals, so we can't actually diagnose you with anything [not that I was planning on it, but I felt I needed to throw in that little disclaimer there]. Here's some information I've found that looks pretty solid, and I think it could benefit you greatly.


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Preventing a Side Stitch
To prevent a side stitch, take even, deep breaths while running. Shallow breathing tends to increase the risk of cramping because the diaphragm is always slightly raised and never lowers far enough to allow the ligaments to relax. When this happens the diaphragm becomes stressed and a spasm or "stitch" is more likely.
Some other ways to alleviate the pain of a side stitch include:

  • Time your eating. Having food in your stomach during a workout may increase cramping by creating more force on the ligaments (avoid eating one to two hours before a workout)
  • Stretching may prevent or relieve a cramp. Raise your right arm straight up and lean toward the left. Hold for 30 seconds, release, then stretch the other side.
  • Slow down your pace until pain lessens.
  • Breathe deep to stretch the diaphragm.
  • Drink before exercise; dehydration can increase muscle cramps.
  • Massage or press on the area with pain. Bend forward to stretch the diaphragm and ease the pain.
  • If you continue to experience pain, see your doctor.

The reason I italicize this last one is because I really don't want you to use any of the above information as an alternative to seeking a medical expert's opinion if you feel you should. [: Just to make sure it's not something more serious, you know? But yeah, definitely do try some of the above suggestions.



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Re: Getting a stitch - April 16th 2009, 03:45 PM

dont eat or drink a lot just before
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Re: Getting a stitch - April 17th 2009, 03:53 AM

try and exhale when your left fott hits the ground and get into an in in out out breathing pattern until it goes away but sometimes ya jusyt gotta walk them out i ve
had them during important races the suck big timexavogadro's number
   
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Re: Getting a stitch - April 18th 2009, 05:02 PM

Katrina posted a bunch of helpful tips. I have personally found that apply pressure to where it hurts, bending over and then walking helps a ton!!! As Naomi said, eating and drinking a lot right before working out can cause stiches as well. Make sure to breathe when exercising as well. Putting your hands above your head and taking deep breaths (in through your nose and out through your mouth) can get more oxygen to your muscles and relieve the stich.

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