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What's Causing That Stitch in Your Side?

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What's the deal with that sharp pain in your side when you're trying to win that marathon? SciShow has the answers! Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Chris Peters, Philippe von Bergen, Fatima Iqbal, John Murrin, Linnea Boyev, Justin Lentz, and David Campos. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow Or help support us by becoming our patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4281377/ http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/37/4/287.full http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2796944/ http://www.businessinsider.com/what-are-side-stitches-2015-2 Images: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Respiratory_system.svg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gray1035.png
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Water Droplet (44 minutes ago)
Anyone got a stitch from sitting too long?
Alexander Ayala-Farfan (21 hours ago)
what if you have PE right after lunch and you have to run a mile with a full stomach
I get them when I drink water less than a hour before the run. What I do is breath deeply and it goes away.
Danielle Zuce (15 days ago)
Touch my ribs. 2 seconds later I experience this. Damn
Rhiju Srimani (15 days ago)
I get the really sharp pains in my heart for a split second, sometimes almost makes me fall over
Rhiju Srimani (15 days ago)
69% :D
kingcrab boy (16 days ago)
This made me get 43 in the pacer ;-;
nahuelisimo1197 (17 days ago)
Where I'm mostly is know as "la puntada del bobo" and It means "the dumb's stich" , what's weird is that most of my life I felt it in my left side, but lately it switched to my right side
mike777881 (18 days ago)
is this the same thing as the cramp I get on my side, or is this a totally different thing for like super long distances. The longest ive ever ran was the mile in hs
bird fox king2018 (19 days ago)
I lost my basketball finals because of this
PAPER INC. (20 days ago)
Thank you I thought I needed to have kidney transplants but it’s just that and I’m just a kid
Angelica Sabado (21 days ago)
i want to know why militar academies do not quality applicants who have flat feet. What is wrong with that?
To reinforce this hypothesis I will point out that you don't have to stop for the stitch to go away ypu just need to take in more owygen with deeper breaths atleast until your heart catches up.
I personally think it has to do with something in your abdomin not getting enough blood flow do to redirection to your fight or flight system. I don't get stitches after being completely warmed up I only get them before I am warmed up and still pushing myself. The body redirects blood to power your muscles before your heart and lungs catch up and something in your abdomin gets HANGRY for oxygen.
Jestekin E (24 days ago)
Dan Stromberg (26 days ago)
I thought these were "oxygen cramps", and I was told that as your stamina increases, you get them less (never). When I used to run track (now I do treadmill/stairmaster/weights), I got into the habit of inhaling for n count, and exhaling for n+1 count to really empty out your lungs; at around 7<=n<=11, you're getting oxygen pretty efficiently.
Lincoln & Ginger (26 days ago)
The fitness gram peyser test ALWAYS gets me maybe by the 13 round I’m like crying
Uz zy (27 days ago)
How to stop the stitching? Start breathing heavily through your nose and not through your mouth. Works every time for me.
SorryButYouAreWrong (28 days ago)
I get these from just bending over to clean my feet in the shower! I read a few articles, and most of them said it's because I am overweight. :P
vidyaWolf (28 days ago)
The answer is weakness.
Super Aeon #7577 (1 month ago)
I had a stitch last night and now in the morning this is in my recommendation.
Random GamistTM (1 month ago)
Then how are humans good at long distance running like really?
Ciarrai B (1 month ago)
Wow, had no idea this wasnt normal haha. I’ve always had these stitches since I can remember and always thought everyone got them. I was always bad at sport primarily because of this pain, even just walking after some time does this and it doesnt matter how fit and active I am its still just as bad. I just have to take exercise really easily.
Funk E Beast (1 month ago)
drink more water trust me it helps
nate dean (1 month ago)
Folic acid build up!
i was running today and almost *C O L L A P S E D*
Megan Michelle (1 month ago)
Was running at the gym and it happened on my lower right side but didn’t go away after I stopped and lasted all night 😩
Lortafant (1 month ago)
I used to get stitch as kid. As for now, I prefer to run on a 12-18 hour fast. I've never had this issue as adult.
MyLove4Allah (1 month ago)
Am watching this now and laying down because of a sudden stitch and started since September 2017
Thnielsen85 (1 month ago)
i got my spleen removed several years ago, and i never had a side stitch after that.
Doeheart ! (1 month ago)
When this happens in pe I will just use my hands and move my organs around it helps for a little bit then I have to move them again my family’s weird so if your wondering how I can do this just know I’m weird and my family is weird
Lowe Lundblad (1 month ago)
There is a nerve in the palm of the hand which, if a small stone is pushed against, the pain is not as likely to occur. Don't ask me why...
Engi Pak (1 month ago)
I always just reverse the movement of my diaphragm relative to my breathing and it goes away in around 10 steps
Annabeth 1052 (2 months ago)
I have never gotten a side stitch from swimming but I used to all the time when I was younger for running and sometimes biking
jacksepticeye trollface (2 months ago)
I cant remember who said it (probs my biology teacher, probs not) but we apparently get it from lack of oxygen in the muscles, so the muscles produce energy without the usage of oxygen, but also release some sort of waste that makes this happen. Or was it something else?
Nucleon (2 months ago)
The difference between our left and right side is what causes it. We do overlook our abdominal muscles and other smaller groups(mainly around the pelvis) involved while we strengthen only the big ones, like the quadriceps. So when you’re running or cycling or swimming the core tries to balance this imbalance that rotates the core more than it should on side and this happens. Exercise on all 4 axis of the leg,all abdominal and back muscles.
Todomo (2 months ago)
I get these walking from one class to the other... on the same hall...
No Name (2 months ago)
Body : Wouln't it be a shame if you had side stiches right now forcing you to stop exercising? Me: DON'T YOU DARE, DONT YOU MOTHEF------ DARE!
Puffle Paws (2 months ago)
i got this stitch while dancing and all i could do was the floss XD
Lea gameplay (2 months ago)
I always get these.
Jason Armstrong (2 months ago)
It’s weird, I haven’t had one of these since I was in my early teens
I'm a Goos (2 months ago)
My swim coach used to tell me it happened because i was working hard and was burning a lot of calories. I was 4 at that time.
Katherine Robar (2 months ago)
is it possible to heal from long term concussion after yr or 2
Alpha Jaime (2 months ago)
I have a stitch ups....👌😂
Amber Mitchell (2 months ago)
Did it from Bowling still hurts Hourssss later
nobody 69 (3 months ago)
When i ride my bike i still get it 😫😫
Connor B (3 months ago)
I just call it a cramp.
P J (3 months ago)
Hehe 69% sooooooooooooooooo funny lol yaaaaaaas
Sosep Hatfield (3 months ago)
This has been happening to me the last few time trial cycling I did. I had to slow to a crawl.
Vapor Yezus (3 months ago)
I always get stiches after i eat
Brøøklynn _ (3 months ago)
Have to run 4 mins straight and the only thing that’s keeping me are these dang cramps in my side
sol porter (3 months ago)
You can get one walking for a long time too
Help me reach 100 subs (3 months ago)
I had these on every marathon
Vanessa Lindsey (3 months ago)
My side was hurting.. and then as I watched this it stopped
J Ger (3 months ago)
Organs are gross
Hide Me (3 months ago)
It goes away after drinking water and doesn’t come back. In my humble opinion, dehydration should have been mentioned here as one of main the causes.
Joe Crockenberg (3 months ago)
If you are running all you have to do is breath 100% in through your nose and step harder on that side
zuba duba (3 months ago)
I get it even though I don't work out at all. what's up with that ?
Ron White (3 months ago)
In the 90s running Chicago marathons, you learn in training to move your arms .
Horner (3 months ago)
"Attack of the side snitch" Ain't dyslexia a funny thing?
The Watchers (3 months ago)
I had a stitch but it lasted like almost 3 months so I went to the doctor and he told me that I had broken something inside and had to have surgery for some reason and I agreed and I dont feel anything anymore I think it worked....
paul leonard (3 months ago)
learn to stretch....
Intern_tSlayer (4 months ago)
Brian Jackson (4 months ago)
I get these in tthe middle of the d out of nowhere
moms spaghetti (4 months ago)
How to prevent this: breathe only when you're stepping on your right foot, but you don't have to breathe EVERY time your right foot hits the ground, but when you have to breathe make sure you're are stepping on your right foot
Beckah Mataronas (4 months ago)
I get side stitches after jogging for 30 seconds, even if I have nothing at all in my stomach. Everyone just tells me I'm out of shape (which I don't deny) but I highly doubt the side stitches I've been having since I was old enough to run are due to my fitness level
Patriot Goose (4 months ago)
AVOIDING YOUR SIDESTITCH: Alter breathing pattern with regard to your stride. Example: While you stride-stride-stride-stride(-stride,) breathe in-in-OUT-in(-in.) Just one example.
Patriot Goose (4 months ago)
ALREADY RUNNING & HAVE STITCH: Run with same side arm straight up. Awquard, but should subside.
Akash Jaiswal (4 months ago)
It happens only when, you run after being full or drink full water
ethan thompson (4 months ago)
It was chapelle show now this wut
FOOD3 (4 months ago)
the best thing i have found to do is to slow down a bit and tense your core musels
Ayush Sharma (4 months ago)
Laughing causes it too... Ik
A few Goodmen (4 months ago)
How about blood in bowl movement after/during running a marathon.
Sample Text. (4 months ago)
How to prevent this from happening: 1. Don't drink COLD water. 2. Breathe through your nose. 3. Don't eat before exercising. Have a nice day.
TheAbandoneMiner (4 months ago)
Most people breathe out their mouth while running, in my case to prevent this stitch I inhale through my nose and exhale through my mouth and it feels weird doing this but you have to make it a habit.
mercurialMeditator (4 months ago)
I only get a stitch when I suddenly go from resting to exercising. It doesn't happen when I'm exercising for some time already.
Julia Easter (4 months ago)
Our coach said it had something to do with what we ate before practice. So like if I had a soda 30 min before practice. I tested the theory, he seemed to be right
King Alfred (4 months ago)
Hey there is no such thing!! A stich is something that is sewn with thread or something so unless you sewed up your side you never had side stitches. You are all so stupid saying that some pain in your side is a stich. That's the stupidest thing Ive ever heard...Morons
Who said that ? (4 months ago)
To save you some time reading all the stupid comments made by people who believe whatever a teacher or a coach tells them ... a stitch is spasms in the diaphragm the same as hiccups,,, that comes from my wife who is an RN and learned that from medical doctors who teach . Not some gym teacher who has even less training then me in medicine and anatomy...
tompatompsson (5 months ago)
When this happened me I took a decent sized and uneven rock and squeezed it on the side the pain was on, worked like a charm
Kevin Rippy (5 months ago)
If you are a long distance or Mile runner, push past the pain for at least 40 steps, depending on the distance. If you push past it theres a good chance of getting you 2nd wind, which is a great feeling and will definently help you if your competing. If you have problems with your lung dont do it, but if you can normally run your distance its a great feeling to get your runners high
Fish Mom (5 months ago)
The fun thing is, that we have two classes of PE right after meal. Well th
TheMarshall92 (5 months ago)
Q: What causes the stitch pain in your stomach while running for a long time? A: Do not swim immediately after eating.." THANKS,
Cunt Retard (5 months ago)
Or you know drink water
Gabriel Guillen (5 months ago)
I guess net neutrality started cus my internet is slowww
Jay Kalokar (5 months ago)
The moment video started, I thought a drunken guy is messing with the video
yu yang ng (5 months ago)
The diaphragm does not expand
LeGoat James (5 months ago)
I get stitches in my basketball games
Bryan Karlo Verin (5 months ago)
Why are we having hiccups?
Brooke Wilson (5 months ago)
Jerry Perry (5 months ago)
My advice also. Sometimes it helps to run faster and take deep breaths. When you slow down the stitches usually go away or doesn't feel as much.
Mara Fields (5 months ago)
taking a deep breath also helps
John Paul B. de Luna (5 months ago)
Hi SciShow! Why do we get stretch marks?
Daniel Christensen (5 months ago)
Guy from scishow do you have a degree or diploma in something.
(5 months ago)
I have very bad stich when I run but sugar helps but being distracted makes it almost go away! (Talking to someone while you run)
Doom Muffinz (5 months ago)
In which case: go see your foctorz becuzz im not a doctor o.o"
Roxanne Moultrie (5 months ago)
I Call Them Fat Cramps😐
Lily Dalbkce (5 months ago)
I used to always grab the skin right by the bottom of my ribs and pull on it. That always gave me temporary relief.
Alexa Bella Muerte (5 months ago)
I honestly thought we would've figured this out by now -_-
danger mouse (5 months ago)
Swimming is the worst time to get these. Swimming 5000 m; getting a stich and having to stop or you'll half drown trying to get it to stop.
Dork Diaries Fan (5 months ago)
I get these "side stiches" when I run for 30 seconds...

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