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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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alex tworkowski (1 day ago)
Useless video
Lloyd Christmas (7 days ago)
Who remembers getting this in Gym class and Track?
Jacob Peele (11 days ago)
I’m going into the military, and I’m scared to run in basic training now cuz this just happened to me recently, and I just ignored it for awhile but then it got so bad that I had to stop, I really hope this doesn’t happen again, does ANYONE actually know how to prevent the pain to even start??
Halberdier (12 days ago)
According to my PE teacher, the stitch is your spleen contracting to release extra blood into the circulatory system.
ASMR Babes (13 days ago)
Should it feels like I’m getting stabbed and get worse each time I run
Gabriel Álvarez (15 days ago)
I always thought it had to do with the splin and a bad breathing technique while doing sports.
David Kumar (25 days ago)
I get it unusually frequent.. I can't run more than 400m without getting one and I'm really fit and have a good diet. 🤔
Abdallah Maaitah (27 days ago)
69 ;)
Davey Posey (28 days ago)
Why aren't you mentioning the serratus anterior and the abdominals? Trigger points are real, and the serratus anterior muscle, which is located on the ribs and aids in breathing, can also cause a "stitch in the side" pain. Also, the abdominal obliques can cause a stitch-like pain in the abs region. You shouldn't overlook trigger points and their pain referrals. Bodywork therapists, including neuromuscular therapists, can help alleviate such pains in one or a few sessions. Our postures of sitting in front of computers, holding tablets and smart phones, playing games on consoles, and reading in bed are usually the culprit. Why go thru so much unnecessary testing and changes in diet when all it is is muscular pain referrals? And, yes, all of this is backed by physicians. http://triggerpoints.net/torso https://www.massagetherapy.com/find/search https://www.amtamassage.org/findamassage/index.html
Antti Lukkari (29 days ago)
I ALWAYS GET THIS IMMIDIETALY WHEN I START RUNNING! F**king annoying on coopers
Julian Contreras (1 month ago)
usually, if i eat or drink something then i run, i get the stitch
Anastasia Luneva (1 month ago)
I once felt pain in my side so I ran faster and it went away. It came back the next day and I did the same. Now it stopped coming since I stopped running, but well... I now know the unhealthiest way to treat a side stitch.
J Wilder (1 month ago)
I find that I mostly get side stitches if I eat or drink too much before
Ismail EL ANSARI (1 month ago)
Eat something contain potassium, just try it...
MrSoldier (1 month ago)
i experience this so much e.e
Nathan Brawley (1 month ago)
Usually with me if I drink water up to 20 minutes before I run, I get these stitches.
Aii iiA (1 month ago)
This happens to me really often, if not every time I run... even after a short distance. :( 😤
Olorin Elior (1 month ago)
I think the first option is the most likely, since our bodies are made to run and walk a lot and having organs that bounce around wouldn't help that cause. Also, feeling a pain in your sides because some organs wherever in your body rub together a bit is a bit of a weird explenation.
ocean man (1 month ago)
I only get it if I drink too much water beforehand
la89ondevg (1 month ago)
Finally I know it's real. My father forced me to run and I keep crying that I feel piercing pain but he still made me run and beat me up saying that I am making this up myself.
William Cox (1 month ago)
I got stitches as a child and found all I had to do was inhale-take a deep breath-and they'd "pop" and the pain disappeared.
BG 105 (1 month ago)
The only thing I ask is, how do they go away even if you keep going? I mean I went to Air Time once, it's a trampoline place with doge ball and jumping into fome pits and all that, and I got a stich but it went away after a bit even though I didn't stop
BG 105 (1 month ago)
Stitch*
fred schulp (1 month ago)
Is it bad to run through a bad stitch?
cmiller8492 (1 month ago)
I thought these were called cramps. Hurt like hell feels like you're getting stabbed in the ribs.
Johny40Se7en (1 month ago)
I always wondered why this happens, ta very much for the answer =P
Elie Elie (1 month ago)
Intermittant fasting seems to help - train in a fasted hydrated state. Drink water.
D!lldan (1 month ago)
It only happens when I drink water, then exercise.
Swithin Games (1 month ago)
i thought it was the lactic acid building up but not going away in the obliques, that or straining the obliques
TheNineteenKing (1 month ago)
Stop eating like a pig before you exercise. Wait three or four hours, geez.
Jack Berry (1 month ago)
It happens to me when I'm just sitting in a chair, it lasts like a second or two lol very sharp
Pașca Alexandru (1 month ago)
I thought they're the adrenal glands....
Luminen Kettu (1 month ago)
"69%" no.
arrudazachary official (1 month ago)
0:24 dude nice
Syed Sammer Haider (1 month ago)
At last it's answered... It happens when I even walk fast
Junaid Hamid (1 month ago)
was just asking about this today , thanks sci show
Genesis (1 month ago)
Isn’t he in the history crash course videos
Matthew Leake (1 month ago)
Got it, stop exercising. Problem solved
Water Droplet (1 month ago)
Anyone got a stitch from sitting too long?
Alexander Ayala-Farfan (1 month ago)
what if you have PE right after lunch and you have to run a mile with a full stomach
InvisableAssassin450 (1 month ago)
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 (2 months ago)
Touch my ribs. 2 seconds later I experience this. Damn
Rhiju Srimani (2 months ago)
I get the really sharp pains in my heart for a split second, sometimes almost makes me fall over
Rhiju Srimani (2 months ago)
69% :D
kingcrab boy (2 months ago)
This made me get 43 in the pacer ;-;
nahuelisimo1197 (2 months 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 (2 months 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
God Howard (2 months ago)
I lost my basketball finals because of this
PAPER INC. (2 months ago)
Thank you I thought I needed to have kidney transplants but it’s just that and I’m just a kid
Angelica Sabado (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
K
Dan Stromberg (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
The fitness gram peyser test ALWAYS gets me maybe by the 13 round I’m like crying
Uz zy (2 months ago)
How to stop the stitching? Start breathing heavily through your nose and not through your mouth. Works every time for me.
SorryButYouAreWrong (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
The answer is weakness.
Super Aeon #7577 (2 months ago)
I had a stitch last night and now in the morning this is in my recommendation.
Random GamistTM (2 months ago)
Then how are humans good at long distance running like really?
Ciarrai B (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
drink more water trust me it helps
nate dean (2 months ago)
Folic acid build up!
i was running today and almost *C O L L A P S E D*
Megan Michelle (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Am watching this now and laying down because of a sudden stitch and started since September 2017
Thnielsen85 (3 months ago)
i got my spleen removed several years ago, and i never had a side stitch after that.
Doeheart ! (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
I always just reverse the movement of my diaphragm relative to my breathing and it goes away in around 10 steps
Annabeth 1052 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
I get these walking from one class to the other... on the same hall...
No Name (4 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 (4 months ago)
i got this stitch while dancing and all i could do was the floss XD
Lea gameplay (4 months ago)
I always get these.
Jason Armstrong (4 months ago)
It’s weird, I haven’t had one of these since I was in my early teens
I'm a Goos (4 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 (4 months ago)
is it possible to heal from long term concussion after yr or 2
Alpha Thing (4 months ago)
I have a stitch ups....👌😂
Amber Mitchell (4 months ago)
Did it from Bowling still hurts Hourssss later
nobody 69 (4 months ago)
When i ride my bike i still get it 😫😫
Connor B (4 months ago)
I just call it a cramp.
P J (5 months ago)
Hehe 69% sooooooooooooooooo funny lol yaaaaaaas
Sosep Hatfield (5 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 (5 months ago)
I always get stiches after i eat
Brøøklynn _ (5 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 (5 months ago)
You can get one walking for a long time too
Help me reach 100 subs (5 months ago)
I had these on every marathon
Vanessa Lindsey (5 months ago)
My side was hurting.. and then as I watched this it stopped
J Ger (5 months ago)
Organs are gross
Hide Me (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
I get it even though I don't work out at all. what's up with that ?
Ron White (5 months ago)
In the 90s running Chicago marathons, you learn in training to move your arms .
Horner (5 months ago)
"Attack of the side snitch" Ain't dyslexia a funny thing?
The Watchers (5 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....
NON-POLAR PAUL (5 months ago)
learn to stretch....
Intern_tSlayer (5 months ago)
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