Food Getting Stuck in Stomach and Not Moving "Down"

by 55 · July 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM


Ever since going Primal, I have been hit with mega stomach pain and cramps. Whenever I eat any "animal," whether it be eggs, chicken, beef, or fish, I always get a burning/cutting sensation in my stomach. The food simply "sits" there for hours-and-hours making me feel bloated. In fact, I have often gone eight hours without eating after having a breakfast of half an avocado and three hardboiled eggs. After being stuffed for hours, the food will pass through my stomach within about 30 minutes making me feel ravenously hungry.

Interestingly enough, if I eat only veggies and fruit, I never get these horrible stomach pains. Quite honestly, I'm thinking about giving up this lifestyle because the pain is just not worth it. I feel like I'd much rather eat a bunch of salads, and snack on fruit, during the day instead of suffering through this.

Thank you very much, Arthur

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24412 · September 02, 2011 at 05:00 AM

You might be low on stomach acid. Have you tried adding betaine and digestive enzyme supplements at the beginning of your meals? And are you chewing really, really well?

2004 · September 02, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Have you read this:


Perhaps you'll find an explanation for your problem there - not enough hydrochloric acid.

144 · September 02, 2011 at 05:20 AM

You might want to get checked for gastroparesis. I have trouble with protein and raw foods - am seeing a naturopath and integrative doctor and getting myself sorted out :)

10 · April 05, 2012 at 10:40 AM

It could be the volume of food, eat to 80% full and see if it makes a difference. In the book The essential guide to Water and Salt, the authors F. Batmanghelidj MD and Phillip Day suggest to have a glass or two of water half to one hour before eating to help with digestion. I have increased my water intake and have noticed the difference. And another benefit is a decrease in my cravings as well as meal size.

0 · July 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM

Look up Gastroperisis!

262 · April 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM

Another angle: it turns out that I am sensitive to eggs. When i started paleo I started to eat a lot of them and eventually I got some food stuck in my esophagus and had to go to the emergency room for an endo. It caused a constriction which went away after severely cutting back on eggs. You might try changing in your diet specific to the proteins and also play around with the enzymes and stuff other suggest.

287 · April 05, 2012 at 06:27 PM

As mentioned in the couple of the posts above -- sound like "low stomach acid" especially the burning sensation in your stomach. Here's a good link to test yourself: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

78 · April 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I have similar problems and would be glad if anyone has any more information what helps :)

446 · September 02, 2011 at 01:46 PM

This is a bit of weird one, but ... how fast do you eat?

My f-i-l suffers badly from stomach problems, indigestion and heartburn, and, put simply, it is because he eats too fast. He wolfs down a meal, he doesn't chew enough, he takes too much air in, eats too muich at one go, and his digestion just cannot cope with it.

He won't change however. So just takes loads of indigestion pills.

1855 · September 02, 2011 at 05:16 AM

What's wrong with eating salads and fruit? Plants have fiber and fiber helps peristalsis. I eat low sugar fruits and I don't have this problem. When I tried eating very little fruit and salad to see what happened my body totally rebelled. I listen to my body and now no problems. I would definately look into some real issues like hiatial hernia or some good digestive enzymes like someone else said. Also maybe take the diet more slowly?

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