Re: how long can trapped gas last in your system?
I am sorry you are not feeling so great. I came across this post and just had to respond. I don't mean to second guess your doctor, but want to share with you what happened recently to my friend.. also a female.
She also was having gas issues... actually her tummy was bloated from gas. She belched constantly and also had shortness of breath. She went to see a gastro doctor with th symptoms. He gave her some meds to try and relieve the gas. He also sent her for a chest X-ray. She questioned a chest x-ray and he said he wasn't happy with the shotness of breath. Thank God he sent her. All of her issues were symptoms of a heart problem!
When she went to the heart doctor, she was to take a stress test by way of the Persantium (sp?) shot. When they lay her down to give her the shot, she was so short of breath, the test was stopped. Again, thank God because had the test been continued, she would have gone into arrest. The 'bloating" was actually fluid. She was hospitalized and given a med thru IV. She lost over twenty pounds of fluid in 2 days. Congestive heart failure was the diagnosis.
She is under the cardiologist's care now and doing okay. They are watching her closely.
I bring all this to your attention because heart symptoms are so different betwen men and women. If your symptoms do not clear up real soon, please get further testing. Let's hope it is just gas, but not take any chances.
All the best