What Is A “Side Stitch”?

Hey Bloggers, I am back again for another blog post.. 

& this time this one will be more informational. I am not sure how many of you have heard of the term “side stitch” but previous to last week I had not known what it was either. The only reason I found out about this was because I was doing some research into some pains I had been feeling during my runs on and off the treadmill. 


The kind of pains I was feeling were sharp pains, almost like a cramping feeling in my obliques, and I would run through them just to finish my run but they would hurt so bad, sometimes I had to slow down in order to lessen them or would stop completely and they would go away. I thought it was the oddest thing and while these pains were nothing new to me, because I have had these pains happen for the last year or so, I finally decided to look into them.  Now I am not a medical doctor, so my answer does not mean it is your answer because there are obviously other reasons why I could have been experiencing this pain, but to my knowledge and after doing some digging, I found that I have a possible “side stitch”. 


What is a “side stitch” you ask? 

  • Also referred to as a side ache, or side cramp is an intense stabbing pain under the lower edge of the rib-cage that occurs while exercising. It is also well-known as an transient abdominal pain (ETAP)

after looking at some signs and symptoms , I gathered this could be my issue, so then I started to look into ways to keep it from happening and many different sites had ideas and I figured I would share some with you , if you know that you might have this. Now I would like to add, that I don’t get these when I lift weights of any type, only when I am running does it happen. 

Hopefully all three of these links will offer some ways to deal with your side stitch. I have given them a try and today during cardio, I had no pain. Yay!


Share your thoughts in the comment section, let me know, do you have side stitches? Thanks for reading. 


Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxooo

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Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

9 thoughts on “What Is A “Side Stitch”?

      1. But that is totally okay, nothing wrong with that, learning is being active in the mind, as long as we continue to learn , we continue to grow 😀
        I always like your meditation blogs because while I stopped and want to get back into it, I need to find what works well for me and my mind in order to stick with it. ya know.

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