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Stitch on the right side when running

Discussion in 'Fitness, Exercise and Sport' started by Wurst, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Wurst

    Wurst Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    I do a fair amount of running , at least twice per week at a race pace between 7-9 km's. I've only missed 4 runs this year when I pulled my back before Easter, so I'm not a novice or by any means unfit. My weight is perfect for my height and age.

    Recently I've been experiencing side sticthes on the right side every time I run, normally starting at around 5 km mark or when I attempt to up the pace. The only way to stop the pain is to simply stop running, continuing exacerbates it. I always run in the early / late morning so I don't have a lot of food digesting in the stomach.

    It happened during a recent race, I kept going but almost fainted at the finish line :-(

    I thought it might be appendix related but the doctor dismissed this theory and thought it was more likely to be a muscle strain.

    Anyone have any experiences or advice on this ?
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A friend used to run. He moved from Sydney to Northern Queensland and started to experience stitches when running.
    After some investigation, he discovered this was due to a shortage of salt - it was hotter in Queensland so he was sweating more.
    Is it worthwhile checking out your salt intake?
     
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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Some info at Wikipdia regarding the "stitch", just in case you have not seen it before..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_stitch
     
  6. Wurst

    Wurst Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all for the replies and info.

    @helensaramay, salt is something I haven't considered thanks. I sweat a lot during my running training and if I'm not running then I'm cycling and sweating even more :-0. How long did it take your friend to see an improvement after upping the salt intake ?
     
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    helensaramay Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It was some time ago so I don't remember the exact details.
    However, I think he saw an improvement pretty fast.
    I guess it will take a bit of trial and error to work out how much salt you need: I think my friend just drank very dilute salt water ... if you add a bit of squash or something you shouldn't taste the salt.
     
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