With a blood clot, your leg may also feel warm as the clot worsens.
You may even notice a slight reddish or bluish hue to your skin.
You shouldn’t worry about a clot if the leg pain is made worse with exercise but relieved by rest.
How do you know if you have a blood clot in your leg?
The signs and symptoms of a DVT include:
- Swelling, usually in one leg (or arm)
- Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or Charley horse.
- Reddish or bluish skin discoloration.
- Leg (or arm) warm to touch.
What does a blood clot feel like?
You can often feel the effects of a blood clot in the leg. Early symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include swelling and tightness in the leg. You may have a persistent, throbbing cramp-like feeling in the leg. You may also experience pain or tenderness when standing or walking.
How do you treat a blood clot in the leg at home?
To ease the pain and swelling of a DVT, you can try the following at home:
- Wear graduated compression stockings. These specially fitted stockings are tight at the feet and become gradually looser up on the leg, creating gentle pressure that keeps blood from pooling and clotting.
- Elevate the affected leg.
- Take walks.
Do blood clots go away on their own?
Blood clots can also cause heart attack or stroke. Blood clots do go away on their own, as the body naturally breaks down and absorbs the clot over weeks to months. Depending on the location of the blood clot, it can be dangerous and you may need treatment.
When should I be concerned about leg pain?
See your doctor as soon as possible if you have:
A leg that is swollen, pale or unusually cool. Calf pain, particularly after prolonged sitting, such as on a long car trip or plane ride. Swelling in both legs along with breathing problems. Any serious leg symptoms that develop for no apparent reason.
How do they check for blood clots?
Most often, ultrasound is used to diagnose blood clots in the leg veins. This is a non-invasive test. If the results are not definitive, then venography (an invasive test using contrast dye) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be used.
What to do if you think you have a blood clot?
If you think you have a blood clot, call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away! Blood clots can be dangerous. Blood clots that form in the veins in your legs, arms, and groin can break loose and move to other parts of your body, including your lungs.
Does a blood clot feel like a pulled muscle?
These symptoms of a blood clot may feel similar to a pulled muscle or a “Charley horse,” but may differ in that the leg (or arm) may be swollen, slightly discolored, and warm. Contact your doctor as soon as you can if you have any of these symptoms, because you may need treatment right away.
Why do people get blood clots?
Causes. Blood clots form when certain parts of your blood thicken, forming a semisolid mass. This process may be triggered by an injury or it can sometimes occur inside blood vessels that don’t have an obvious injury.
What to do if you think you have a blood clot in your leg?
If your leg is swollen, elevating or icing the leg won’t reduce the swelling if it’s a blood clot. If icing or putting your feet up makes the swelling go down, you may have a muscle injury. With a blood clot, your leg may also feel warm as the clot worsens.
Does walking prevent blood clots?
Although many people think walking around prevents blood clots, this is not true. Moving around and walking are important to keep you well and can help prevent things like pneumonia and bedsores. Walking by itself does not prevent clots.
What happens if a blood clot in the leg goes untreated?
What can happen if deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is left untreated? Left untreated, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can turn into a pulmonary embolism. Call 911 if you have pain, swelling, or tenderness in your leg, and: You can’t breathe. You have chest pain.