In a cross country race this past weekend I developed a pair of debilitating side stitches. The pain was by far the worst side stitch I've ever had and possible the worst pain I've ever been in while running. I finished the race out, but was among the stragglers. Following the race, I was still in pain throughout my cool down.
I have been able to 'feel' the side stitch walking around for the past 3 days, and have only attempted to run once. The stitch flared up, and anything faster than about 7:30 minute miles was painful.
Is it possible for me to have pulled my diaphragm muscle? or a stomache muscle? Did running through a very bad stitch do some sort of damage? I have yet to be able to see a team trainer or doctor and although I know Letsrun doesn't have all the answers (although I wish it did) I was curious if anyone had any suggestions or comments.
Also, I'm 23 years old and a sub 15 minute 5k runner who has had 3 side stitches in the past 5 years, 2 of which in my last 2 races.