What Does Deep Vein Thrombosis Feel Like?

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What Does Deep Vein Thrombosis Feel Like?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is caused by a blood clot that forms in one or more of the deep veins in the legs. A deep vein thrombosis can cause pain or leg swelling. The symptoms of chronic diseases can go unnoticed for a long time. 

Deep vein thrombosis can be serious due to the possibility of blood clots breaking loose in the veins. A pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots getting stuck in the lungs, blocking blood flow. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a combination of DVT and pulmonary embolism.

There are certain medical conditions that can affect how blood clots, which can cause deep vein thrombosis. It is also possible to develop blood clots in the legs if you do not move for a long time. In some cases, you might not move much when traveling a long distance, recovering from surgery, when you are ill, or when you are injured. 


Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • Swelling of the legs.
  • Soreness or pain in the calf region of the leg.
  • Depending on the color of your skin, the leg may appear red or purple.
  • The affected leg feels warm.

Because blood clots can loosen and lodge in the lungs, deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition.

Although our doctors at USA Vein Clinics do not provide initial treatment for deep vein thrombosis, we can help monitor your condition over time. We also offer a range of non-surgical vein treatments that can alleviate symptoms of vein disease, lower your risk of developing the condition and improve your quality of life.

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What Does Deep Leg Thrombosis Feel Like?

In the calf area, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) symptoms can include swelling, cramping, soreness, and pain. The discomfort may feel like tightness, a pulled muscle, soreness, or cramping. Additionally, the affected area may feel warm to the touch, and there may be some discoloration in the sore area.

It can feel like a charley horse when you have a deep leg thrombosis blood clot in your calf. As with leg pain, cramping with DVT will persist and even worsen over time.

If you have leg pain, how can you tell if it is a blood clot or not?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot deep in the body, usually in the veins of the lower leg. You should consult a doctor if you have any symptoms of a clot to avoid complications or greater health risks. Leaving DVT untreated can have serious consequences.

A cramp will often occur in both legs or at least in more than one area, as opposed to a blood clot, symptoms of which will most typically be concentrated in one leg, often the calf muscle. Cramping and pulled muscles will cause pain, but not necessarily hot skin or redness in the affected area.

Blood clot pain does not usually go away with rest or stretching, unlike charley horses, which usually disappear after stretching or rest.

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Can You Feel a Blood Clot? 

Leg clots are often felt in the legs. The following symptoms can be caused by blood clots:

  • Cramping – Cramps in the calf or a charley horse can be caused by a blood clot in your lower leg.
  • Swelling – An arm or leg will swell where a blood clot has formed, or the entire body may swell.
  • A change in color has occurred – Itching or a red or blue tinge may appear on your arm or leg.
  • Pain – As the clot worsens, you may feel a dull ache or intense pain. It may throb in your leg, belly, or even arm.
  • Swollen veins – Veins that are swollen may have pain that increases when touched.
  • Skin feels warmer – In the area around the blood clot, the skin may feel warmer.

Blood clots are first characterized by mild pain. As the pain intensifies, redness and warmth may develop near the blood clot. Pain caused by blood clots often limits a person’s ability to move due to the restriction of blood flow.

Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • There is swelling.
  • A feeling of tightness in the leg.
  • Leg cramps, throbbing, and persistent.
  • Standing or walking causes pain or tenderness.

If you are at risk of deep vein thrombosis or have mild symptoms but are unsure if you have a clot, you should consult with a vein specialist.

Does a Blood Clot Hurt When It Moves?

It can be life-threatening if a blood clot breaks off in a deep vein and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. This type of blood clot travels through the body and can cause a blockage called a pulmonary embolism (PE).

A blood clot that moves may cause a rapid heartbeat, chest pain, or discomfort that gets worse when you breathe deeply or cough, cough up blood, feel lightheaded, or even faint.

Can you feel a blood clot in the leg?

The affected area may be painful, warm, and tender due to a blood clot in a leg vein. Blood clots can form in deep veins of the body, usually in the legs, causing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Leg pain or swelling can be caused by deep vein thrombosis. It is possible for no symptoms to be apparent at all.

Early Stage of Blood Clot Symptoms

Knowing the warning signs of blood clots is important because you can have no blood clot risk factors and still develop one. There are usually definite symptoms associated with a blood clot, but they vary from person to person.

What are blood clots?

Blood clots are partially solidified blood in blood vessels. Essentially, your blood vessels serve as a highway system for your body. As a result, blood flows along their roads, using them to travel from your heart to the rest of your body. As a result, there are three kinds of blood vessels:

  • The blood vessels, called arteries, that are responsible for transporting blood away from the heart.
  • Blood is transported through your veins back to the heart.
  • The smallest blood vessels that connect your arteries and veins are called capillaries.


What are the risks for blood clots?

Blood clots are rare in young, healthy people, but they can happen. It is best to understand the different risk factors that may possibly cause blood clots.

The risk of clots is also increased by other factors, but the following are common risks to possibly getting a blood clot. How many do you have?

  • Been hospitalized or recently hospitalized?
  • Have you ever had a blood clot?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you smoke?
  • How frequently do you take combined hormonal contraception like a combination pill, contraceptive patch, or vaginal ring?
  • Have you just given birth or are you pregnant?
  • Do you have  inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease?

The Blood Clot Types Most Commonly Found

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Your deep veins in your legs are most likely to develop this condition. Thrombosis occurs when blood clots remain in place and block blood flow.

Pulmonary embolism (PE). It can occur if a DVT breaks off and travels to your lungs. Emboli are blood clots that break free and travel to other parts of the body.

How to Prevent Blood Clots

Whether or not you are at a higher risk of blood clots,  you should do the following to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

  • Take regular walks to stay active. 
  • Keep your sitting time to a minimum.
  • Keep hydrated to avoid dehydration.
  • Keeping a healthy weight is important if you are overweight.
  • Improve blood flow by wearing compression stockings.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption.

Is There a Way to Tell if I Have a Blood Clot?

Early signs of a blood clot can be hard to identify because everyone has different symptoms that can range from no symptoms to severe.

  1. Swelling – Leg swelling is a common occurrence, especially near the end of the day, and the swelling doesn’t improve with leg elevation.
  2. Leg Pain – The pain can feel like a charley horse or a cramp in the calf area. It could signal a blood clot in the leg. 
  3. Varicose vein changes – A vein that bulges and doesn’t flatten when you lie flat or raise your leg, skin around the varicose vein is red and tender; or a vein that suddenly hardens.
  4. Swelling in the arm or leg – If the area turns slightly purple.

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USA Vein Clinics’ vein specialists can help you monitor deep vein thrombosis and work with you on early detection of vein disease.

They will provide you with detailed recommendations about which vein treatment will be most effective for you and lower your risk of developing the condition. Treatments for veins using minimally invasive techniques are safe and effective.

You can contact us by calling 888.768.3467 or click here to make an appointment online. With our deep vein thrombosis expertise, we will assist you with eliminating your deep vein thrombosis symptoms. Contact us today. 

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