Abdominal bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full and gaseous and may also be visibly swollen. Bloating is a feeling of fullness or tightness in the abdominal area, often accompanied by abdominal pain. While a bloated stomach is uncomfortable-even embarrassing when it comes along with gas or the need to run to the bathroom- it might be a bigger deal than you would think.

Abdominal bloating can sometimes signify serious health problems lurking below the surface. There is a list of possible causes like indigestion, gas and flatulence, lactose intolerance, gallstones, Helicobacter Pylori infection or celiac disease to name a few. Because so many different disorders, factors and illnesses can cause a bloated stomach, it is a good idea to have some tests run by your doctor in order to identify the underlying issue.

Your doctor might decide to gather more information by running tests e.g gastroscopy or colonoscopy with biopsies.