What are the first signs of DVT?
7 early warning signs and symptoms of DVT
- Leg cramps, often starting in the calf.
- Leg pain that worsens when bending the foot.
- Bluish or whitish skin discoloration.
What does it feel like when you have a blood clot in your leg?
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.
Can DVT go away on its own?
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.
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.
What should you do if you suspect a DVT?
Call 911 or go to an emergency room right away if you notice leg pain or swelling and:
- Sudden coughing, which may bring up blood.
- Sharp chest pain or chest tightness.
- Pain in your shoulder, arm, back, or jaw.
- Rapid breathing or shortness of breath.
- Pain when you breathe.
- Severe lightheadedness.
- Fast heartbeat.
How long does it take for a DVT to go away?
A DVT or pulmonary embolism can take weeks or months to totally dissolve. Even a surface clot, which is a very minor issue, can take weeks to go away. If you have a DVT or pulmonary embolism, you typically get more and more relief as the clot gets smaller.
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.
Does a DVT hurt all the time?
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.