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.
As the blood clot worsens, the skin around it often becomes red or discolored and feels warm to the touch.
How do you know if you have a blood clot in your calf?
Get medical help right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Change in color.
- Trouble breathing.
- Lower leg cramp: If the clot is in your calf or lower leg, you may feel like you have a cramp or charley horse.
What does it feel like when you have a blood clot in your leg?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of your body, usually in your legs, but sometimes in your arm. Swelling, usually in one leg (or arm) Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or Charley horse. Reddish or bluish skin discoloration.
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.
How do you know if you have a Bloodclot?
Symptoms and signs of DVT occur in the leg with the blood clot, and include:
- Warmth to the touch.
- Worsening leg pain when bending the foot.
- Leg cramps (especially at night and/or in the calf)
- Discoloration of skin.
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.
How do you treat a blood clot in the calf?
Deep vein thrombosis is most commonly treated with anticoagulants, also called blood thinners. These drugs, which can be injected or taken as pills, decrease your blood’s ability to clot.
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 clot in leg?
An X-ray creates an image of the veins in your legs and feet, to look for clots. However, less invasive methods of diagnosis, such as ultrasound, can usually confirm the diagnosis. CT or MRI scans. Either can provide visual images of your veins and might show if you have a clot.
When should I be concerned about calf pain?
When to see a doctor
The symptoms of DVT include pain, swelling, and warmth in one leg. Other signs a person should seek emergency treatment for calf pain include: fever that is greater than 100°F. swollen leg that is pale or cool to the touch.