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Hey guys, just wondering... why do we get a stitch when we run?! The last 8 or so times that I have been out (and never really in the previosu 4 years), I have been getting a stitch like pain on my right had side just above my hip and in line with my tummy button. It starts pretty much instantly and gets worse as I run downhill. I have never had this so consistently (obviously I get the occassional stitch). It's fine running on a flat and uphill, it actually starts to go away and then as soon as I go downhill it starts again.
It wouldn't bother me if it it was just sore but it affects my breathing too which is annoying. I have tried stretching it out etc but the only thing that stops the pain is if I push on the area (whch is inconvenient for 10 miles ) ...
I have tried changing what/when I eat and drink as I have heard stitches can be due to digestion...
Does anyone have any ideas or any great ways of getting rid of a stitch when one arrises? I have always been scared of getting one during a race as I don't know how to get rid of them quickly!!!
Feel like such a hypocrite as, being a PE teacher, I always shout at the kids telling them to run through a stitch and it will go away...oooops