Originally Posted by sk84life
Finding real people's angina presentation has been difficult.....general terms are repeated everywhere but lack good definition. I know it can be difficult when you don't fit the 'classic presentation' especially if you are a woman.
I've learned over the years to recognize pain from GERD/reflux, esophageal spasm, pancreatitis, cervical neck pain with radiation. With new onset of substernal chest pain (SSCP) while at rest has led me to 'prinzmetal angina' but it is rare and due to coronary spasm.
Has anyone experienced this type of angina? Can you describe exactly what you felt, how long it lasted, what tests you were given?
I was diagnosed on October/2011 with Prinzmetal's Angina. The chest pain arrives suddenly, and it happens more at rest. I can't find words to describe the pain. On the pain scale starts with the number 10 and reminds there for several minutes. I had the attack several times they lasted about three to five minutes, but thought it was heart burn, and went to see a gastroenterlogist. One episode lasted 30 minutes, on that ocassion I had a mild heart attack. The coronary catharization was negative for obstruction of the coronary arteries which led to the Prinzmetal diagnosis.
I have been dealing with the episodes of chest pain, by placing a tablet of Nitroglycerine under my tongue at the first symptom of pain. The Nitro works well and stops the pain within one or two minutes. Also take Isorobide everyday. It is a form of slow release Nitro that helps prevent the spasms from happening. I recommend to start with a low dose, and work your way up as needed it, because side effects could be strong. I also take a calcium channel blocker called Procardia (nifedipine). This medicines work very well.
Do not wait to see your cardiologist, and get going with the treatment as soon as possible, it will help you stop the suffering of that terrible pain.