Tuesday, 12 June 2018

How to Avoid Stomach Pain That Occurs While Running or Exercising

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If you feel a sharp pain on right side, just under the ribs while running, then don't worry much if the pain is not frequent. Most of the people experience pain in their sides at some point while running according to health specialists. The pain is due to ripples in the diaphragm, which is the muscular area that separates the lungs from the stomach void. The pain is also known as transient abdominal pain.

What causes the pain?
Pain in the lower right side comprises gastrointestinal distress, (e.g. bloating, cramping, abdominal distention, and pain) which can take place when you are not appropriately hydrated or have residue in your gastrointestinal tract, according to Rice University.

How to identify it?
If pain when running occurs when you are running very hard or increasing your speed, this could be a side stitch, according to Cool Running. If the pain subsides when you slow down, this is another sign your pain could be due to a stitch. However, if your pain is accompanied by other abdominal symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea or vomiting, this could be a sign of abdominal upset, according to the American College of Gastroenterology.

How to prevent it?
To decrease the occurrence of pain in the lower right side, you should warm up before running by lightly jogging or walking. You also can stretch the sides, lower back and stomach muscles in order to reduce pain. Breathe more deeply when you run, which can reduce muscle ripples. Be sure to rise your running rate slowly attempting to increase speed or distance too fast can result in pain.

When you experience a stitch in your right side while running, slowing down your running pace can help to alleviate muscle cramping, according to Rice University. You also massage the side, which can decrease the pain and reduce cramping. If you suspect gastrointestinal problems, be sure to hydrate prior to running as dehydration often causes stomach problems. You also may wish to avoid leaving food in the digestive tract---you may wish to drink a protein shake prior to running instead of eating food in order to avoid gastrointestinal problems.

Special Note 
Abdominal pain can be a trouble when running. If the pain is slight or decreases with massage or hydration, the pain may not be cause for concern. But, if the pain is supplemented by a disease then you should consult with your physician.

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