A side stitch, also known as exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP), is a pain felt on either side of your abdomen. It’s more commonly reported on the right side. Symptoms may range from cramping or a dull ache to a pulling sensation or a sharp, stabbing pain.
- 1 What is a stitch in your side?
- 2 When should I worry about side pain?
- 3 Does your appendix hurt when you stretch?
- 4 How do you get rid of a pain in your side?
- 5 Can a side stitch last a few days?
- 6 What organ is on your right side that can cause pain?
- 7 Why is my left side paining?
- 8 What does pancreatic pain feel like?
- 9 What does an inflamed appendix feel like?
- 10 How do you tell if it’s a pulled muscle or appendicitis?
- 11 What can be mistaken for appendix pain?
- 12 What is stitch?
- 13 What is a side ache caused by?
- 14 What does it mean when your sides hurt?
What is a stitch in your side?
Side stitch is an acute, localized, sharp, transient pain that occurs during exercise, most often in runners or swimmers, but also in those participating in team sports, and less often in cyclists. The pain is vexing and performance-limiting, but fleeting and benign.
When should I worry about side pain?
Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have side, back or abdominal pain after trauma or injury, shortness of breath, blood in your vomit or stools, dizziness or fainting, sudden abdominal swelling, or chest pain, which may radiate to your shoulder blades, jaw, or left arm.
Does your appendix hurt when you stretch?
The interesting thing about this is that the stretch of the appendix does not cause us to feel pain right where the appendix lives (which by the way is in the right lower portion of our abdomen). But rather we start to feel pain around the umbilicus (belly button) area first.
How do you get rid of a pain in your side?
If you get a side cramp, the best way to treat it on the spot is to decrease your speed or to stop exercising entirely and rest for a few minutes. Deep breathing and bending forward, as well as simple stretching, should alleviate the symptoms.
Can a side stitch last a few days?
Some people can feel a similar pain just beneath one of their collarbones, which is likely related to nerve connections with the diaphragm. At their worst, side stitches can persist as pain or lasting tightness for several days. At their most innocuous, they can go away in a few seconds.
What organ is on your right side that can cause pain?
If your appendix becomes inflamed, it causes appendicitis. This appendage is located where the small and large intestines meet, on the right side of the body, and therefore causes right side abdominal pain. It is important to know the signs of appendicitis because it can be life-threatening if left untreated.
Why is my left side paining?
Some common causes of pain on the left side of the body include infection and injury to internal organs, muscles, or nerves. In some cases, this pain resolves on its own. However, other cases may require immediate medical intervention.
What does pancreatic pain feel like?
Symptoms of acute pancreatitis include: Pain in the Upper Abdomen That Radiates to Your Back. Abdominal Pain Worsens After Eating, Especially Foods High in Fat. Abdomen Is Tender to the Touch. Fever.
What does an inflamed appendix feel like?
The most telltale symptom of appendicitis is a sudden, sharp pain that starts on the right side of your lower abdomen. It may also start near your belly button and then move lower to your right. The pain may feel like a cramp at first, and it may get worse when you cough, sneeze, or move.
How do you tell if it’s a pulled muscle or appendicitis?
That annoying sharp pain behind your navel may well be the result of overindulgence in spicy chips and dip, or perhaps even a pulled muscle. However, if the pain moves to the lower right section of your stomach, kills your appetite, and is unrelenting, it might be appendicitis, which you ignore at your peril.
What can be mistaken for appendix pain?
Appendicitis can easily be confused with something else, such as:
- severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- bladder or urine infections.
- Crohn’s disease.
- a pelvic infection.
What is stitch?
A stitch is a pain in the abdomen (usually on the side) that’s brought on by activity. It can range from sharp or stabbing to mild cramping, aching or pulling, and may involve pain in the shoulder tip too. Often it leaves you with no choice but to slow down or stop.
What is a side ache caused by?
The exact cause of a side stitch is unknown. Some studies show that a movement of blood to the diaphragm or muscles during physical activity can lead to a side stitch. But other research shows that an irritation of the lining of the abdominal and pelvic cavity may be the cause.
What does it mean when your sides hurt?
Most people experience flank pain at least once in their life, and the discomfort is usually temporary. However, constant or severe flank pain may indicate a serious medical condition, such as dehydration or a urinary tract infection. Kidney stones or another kidney problem may also cause persistent flank pain.