Blood Clot Symptoms in Your Body
When you get a paper cut or nick, a blood clot is a quick and effective way to stop bleeding; it stops the bleeding and then usually breaks up; however, things can go wrong – and those are called blood clots.
Clots can form in almost any part of your body, but they’re most likely to affect your leg, especially if you’ve been sitting for a long time. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help right away: swelling, redness, pain, or a change in color. A blood clot in or around your ticker can cause a heart attack. DVT can cause fluid buildup (edema) in the arms or legs.
How do you know if you have a blood clot in your leg?
The following are symptoms and signs of DVT, which occur in the leg with the blood clot:
- Warmth to the touch.
- Worsening leg pain when bending the foot.
- Leg cramps (especially at night and/or in the calf).
Does a blood clot feel like a pulled muscle?
The pain may feel more like soreness, tenderness, or achiness than a stabbing pain, and it may be worsened by walking or standing for long periods of time. It’s common for people to mistake the pain for a pulled muscle or another muscle injury.
How do you treat a blood clot in the leg at home?
You can try the following at home to relieve the pain and swelling of a DVT:
- Wear graduated compression stockings, which are specially fitted stockings that are tight at the feet and gradually looser up the leg, creating gentle pressure that keeps blood from pooling and clotting.
Where do I go if I think I have a blood clot in my leg?
Blood clots can be dangerous, and those that form in the veins of your legs, arms, and groin can break free and travel to other parts of your body, including your lungs.
When should I worry about leg pain?
If you have a leg injury with a deep cut or exposed bone or tendon, are unable to walk or put weight on your leg, or have pain, swelling, redness, or warmth in your calf, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
What are the first signs of a blood clot?
Throbbing or cramping pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in a leg or arm, sudden breathlessness, sharp chest pain (which may be worse when you breathe in), and a cough or coughing up blood are all signs of a blood clot.
What can mimic a blood clot?
Acute arterial occlusion, phlegmasia cerulea dolens, compartment syndrome, and necrotizing fasciitis are immediate mimics of a DVT, while congestive heart failure, cellulitis, vasculitis, nephrotic syndrome, lymphedema, venous stasis, and Baker’s cyst are less immediate mimics.
How do you check for blood clots?
Venous ultrasound: This test uses sound waves to create a view of your veins. A Doppler ultrasound may be used to help visualize blood flow through your veins if the ultrasound results are inconclusive. If the ultrasound results are inconclusive, venography or MR angiography may be used.
How can you tell the difference between a blood clot and muscle pain?
While cramps can be ‘walked off,’ pain from a blood clot is more likely to last. Bending the foot at the ankle so that the toes point upwards will cause or intensify calf muscle pain if a blood clot is present.
What happens if a blood clot in the leg goes untreated?
Pulmonary embolism is a serious condition that occurs when a piece of blood clot breaks off and enters the bloodstream, blocking one of the lungs’ blood vessels and preventing blood from reaching the lungs. About 1 in 10 people with a DVT will develop a pulmonary embolism if left untreated.
Can I walk with a blood clot in my leg?
Your leg may be swollen, tender, red, or hot to the touch after a DVT, but these symptoms should go away with time, and exercise can help. Walking and exercise are safe to do, but listen to your body to avoid overexertion.
Will a blood clot in leg go away on its own?
Blood clots usually dissolve and are absorbed by the body over a period of weeks to months; however, depending on the location of the blood clot, it can be dangerous and require treatment.
Should I go to the ER if I suspect DVT?
If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Can you have a blood clot and not know it?
A blood clot in the leg or arm, heart, abdomen, brain, or lungs can occur without obvious symptoms, and when they do, some of the symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. Here are the early warning signs and symptoms of a blood clot in the leg or arm, heart, abdomen, brain, or lungs.
Can urgent care check for blood clots?
If your doctor is unable to accommodate you, go to the emergency room or an urgent care facility with ultrasound capabilities to check for a clot. If you notice signs of PE (numbers 4 and 5), go to the ER right away.