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Food in stomach and rotting smell. What could be the cause?

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After eating any kind of a meal, from small to large portions, I can feel the food remaining in my stomach for the rest of the day. Sometimes it even goes as far as 24 hours. I always have a bad taste in my mouth and often i regurgitate pieces of food that are half digested. I can feel the food rot in my stomach, but no matter what I do it still stays there. Do you know what causes this and how could I fix it?

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I understand your concerns but there s no reason to be worried. The symptom that you have described is probably suggestive of indigestion. However it can also be due to various reasons like constipation, food poisoning, and gastro esophageal reflux disease. Since you have mentioned that the food remains in the stomach and you feel a rotting smell it could be mainly due to indigestion. Here patients present with bloating sensation, abdominal pain, belching, acidic taste, and nausea. This can be best diagnosed by an endoscopy where the doctor inserts a flexible tube attached with a camera inside the mouth and it traces the stomach lining. In case there are any abnormalities, then a biopsy is taken. I would suggest you to get a complete blood test, ECG, endoscopy and consult your doctor with these reports for further treatment.


Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
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Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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