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side stiches

I get horrible side stiches while resting, just the other night I walked into my room and fell to the ground in pain and it lasted for atleast 10 minutes, and this happens frequently. What can cause that?
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Your “side stitches” could be secondary to an injury to one of the structures of the chest wall:  rib, cartilage, intercostal nerve entrapment and/or inflammation (“pinched nerve”), muscle spasm or a metabolic disorder of some type, especially if you are taking medication that could result in electrolyte  imbalance.  A careful physical exam might provide clues as to the cause but comprehensive blood testing might also be helpful.

What you describe is not usually a sign of serious disease.

Good luck
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