That pain in your leg could be a blot clot

Some blood clots in the leg veins do not cause any symptoms. However, when the blood clots involve larger veins, they generally cause redness, warmth, tenderness, swelling (edema), and a sensation of heaviness in the leg, particularly when you’ve been standing. You can check for edema by pressing your finger into your lower leg. If you have edema, the pressure from your finger will create a small dent in your lower leg for several seconds.
A pulmonary embolism may not cause any symptoms, mild symptoms, or serious symptoms that indicate a life-threatening emergency. Symptoms tend to be more severe when the blood clot is larger. Symptoms with a larger clot include sudden shortness of breath and chest pain. The pain tends to be knife-like, and often is worse when you take deep breaths. If the pulmonary embolism is very large, symptoms may be more dramatic, such as a fainting spells, severe shortness of breath, and coughing up blood. A large pulmonary embolus can cause sudden death.
When to Call a Professional

  • Call your doctor or go to a hospital emergency room immediately if you develop shortness of breath or sharp chest pain.
  • Call your doctor if you have swelling, pain, redness or warmth in one leg.
  • If you had a LENI test that was inconclusive and your doctor asked you to return in three or four days for another test, call your doctor sooner if your leg swelling worsens.

Expected Duration
If you have a DVT or pulmonary embolism, your symptoms should improve within a few days after starting treatment with blood-thinning medication. However, you will need to take medication for at least three to six months to prevent more blood clots from forming. Most people recover completely, but some people who had a very large pulmonary embolism or who already had lung disease will continue to have lung problems. Some people who have had a DVT develop a long-term problem with swelling of their legs called post-phlebitic syndrome. These people often need to wear special stockings that help squeeze blood back toward the heart.


3 comments on “That pain in your leg could be a blot clot

  1. Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is more than I expected when I stumpled upon a link on Furl telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

  2. Terri says:

    i’ve been having symptoms of a clot in my leg; was even hospitalized for day and half. i was started on lovenox injections and coumiden. now my doctor says it might not be clot so she took me off the meds. ive been off 4 days and my leg (my knee cap and behind cap) is hurting and swelling again! what should i do? im only 54 female. what if my doctor’s wrong?

  3. Leguanite says:

    Go back to your own doctor and have more tests or get a second opinion. This is not something you should play with. See a professional immediately. Blood clots can kill you.

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