Exercise! - Stitches!

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09-15-2008, 07:28 PM
I work out a lot, and I particularly love the crosstrainer. However, I always get a stitch in my left side about 13 minutes in when on the crosstrainer. No matter how much I stretch it or drink water it doesn't go away until I stop the crosstrainer. This only happens if the crosstrainer is the first piece of equipment I go on.

Is there any way to stop stitches?

09-15-2008, 07:59 PM
My daughter has just started exercising more and she gets stitches easily. I've been browsing the web looking for advice, and this is one of the best pages I've seen:


Oddly, my daughter also always has them on her left side, but most ppl supposedly get them on their right side, so I don't know what is up with that.

09-15-2008, 08:06 PM
WOW! I was going to suggest breathing deeply and exhaling completely a few times because that's what does the trick for me... even though I never knew why it worked, but it did... then I read the link above. That is so interesting. I'll try switching up the breathing pattern next time it happens.

09-15-2008, 08:16 PM
Thanks! xx

09-15-2008, 10:50 PM
Ab exercises! I have a tendency to get side stitches when I run and what really helped was strengthening my ab muscles. I still get them occasionally, but not nearly as much as I used to.

I did get one when I was running this weekend. I was trying to run six miles and really wanted to finish. The side stitch started in mile 1. For the first three miles, I toughed it out. I used my hand to press on the area where the pain was, which decreased the pain to a point where I could continue to run. If the pain got too bad, I walked until it diminished enough that I could run again. It was clear that strategy wasn't going to work for the second half of the run, so I tried something different and it did actually work. I was able to eliminate the side stitch for the remainder of the run. Here is what worked:

I stopped a rested after mile 3. Really, completely recovered from the first three miles. I even sat down for a little while. I made sure all the pain from the side stitch was completely gone before starting up again.
I did a few ab stretches (basically just stretching my hands above my head and reaching up as high as a I could), before I started running again.
When I started to run again, I concentrated on really sucking in my gut. I also concentrated on taking very deep, rhythmical breaths.
I slowed my pace down.

I could feel that the stitch was there, ready to flair up at a moment's inattention, but by concentrating on sucking in my abs and breathing deeply, and running a little slower than normal, I kept it at bay.

Also, I've found that being dehydrated triggers them for me. I suspect that's why I had a problem this weekend. I had a couple glasses of wine on both Friday and Saturday nights, which probably dehydrated me for my Sun morning run. So making sure you are properly hydrated might help too.