how to treat side stitch

February 23, 2007 10:30pm CST
I run about 2-3 times a week for about 30 minutes. Occasionally, I experience a pain on my side, which prevents me from running my usual speed and time. I don't know if I should stop drink water, slow my run down or stop altogether. Does anybody know how to treat a side stitch?
4 responses
• United States
5 Mar 07
9 times out of 10 it's gas. Don't eat so soon before running, don't eat processed or fatty foods, drink water throughout the day, and you should rarely, if ever, get cramps. When you *do* get one, what you want to do is move around the gas. It hurts because all the gas is built up in one spot. So tense your stomach really hard, take a deep breath, and push on the spot where it hurts while your simultaneously blow air out of your mouth like you're playing a trumpet. It works. Don't worry, you're not sick and you don't need a doctor.
@trinihd (996)
• United States
26 Feb 07
If it's truly a stitch then sometimes pinching the spot/area helps. I worked with a trainer a while back and that was his suggestion. He didn't say we needed to see a doctor for it. Slowing down can actually help too I believe. I also think you should keep drinking water but remember it is possible to drink too much water so do not overdo your water intake in the false hope that it will make your stitch go away. I found that I got stitches much less when I was fit than when I was unfit, or hadn't been training for a while. I don't know how long you have been running, but I hope your stitches do go away, and if they don't then maybe seeing a doctor should be on your agenda. Take care.
@jx34me (60)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Is it a crampy feeling? i heard somewhere (but it may be urban legend) that caffinee give you cramps when you run...
• Philippines
24 Feb 07
I believe that is a signal that you have to consult a doctor and undergo some tests. It could be a symptom of some illness which has managed to creep into your body. Never stop drinking water because it is a nutritional must, instead take those physical examinations now because, pains sometimes are telling us that there is something wrong with our body.