What Does A Blood Clot In The Leg Feel Like?

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Luke Wilcox Profile
Luke Wilcox answered
What does a blood cot feel like?

Deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots in the legs, can feel differently for different people. However there are several symptoms that are common among those that suffer from this condition.

Because of this, many people believe that they must have these symptoms for their condition to be caused by a blood clot. That is not true as 30 to 50 percent of those who suffer from blood clots never experience any symptoms.

  • The most common symptom of those that have blood clots in the legs is pain. Sufferers describe it as a cramp type of pain that worsens over time. You may feel more pain when you are walking or if you bend your foot inward or outward.
  • Another common symptom that people experience is swelling of the leg. Although you might think that the swelling would only be at the location of the clot, the actual swelling could be throughout the entire leg area. You may also notice that there is a tightness and heaviness in the leg that was not there previously.
  • If you notice redness in your leg or it feels warm to the touch you may be experiencing a blood clot. Both of these are common symptoms that many sufferers share. However, not having the redness or warmth does not mean that your problem is not a clot. Many people have had blood clots without ever experiencing redness or warmth as a symptom.

If you experience any of these symptoms you should consult your doctor right away. If you do not have these symptoms, but have others that have caused you to be concerned about potential blood clots you should also consult your doctor. It is always better to be careful.
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Anonymous answered
Do blood clots hurt?

A blood clot doesn't not always hurt - sometimes you can have only one or all or none of the symptoms of a blood clot and still have valve and vascular damage due to a small or med clot.

Your alf or upper thigh will usually feel "warm" or hot and one or both may swell. I always know when I'm getting one because my socks won't fit over my calves and they will rip trying to get them on. Also- if you have a tape measure- measure both legs- if one is 1-2 inches thicker- or fuller around the fullest part- you may have a clot- it usually hurts if the clot has been there awhile -but not necessarily- with mine- I couldn't even touch my leg slightly without going through the roof- so I knew something was wrong- always go to the ER and DEMAND a ultrasound !! Docs are cheap and the blood test won't always show up positive.

I had a mini-stroke because my doc didn't order a ultrasound and missed the clot- I also ended up almost dying from a PE.

Don't take chances !!

Get to a doc !!
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A clot is very painful, the area affected is hot and the limb is swollen. They usually show up in the main arteries, but not always. You should really go and see your doctor about this, go to the e.r. To make sure, because it really is life threatening. I know, I have had two of them. Hope this helps, good luck to you.
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Donna Maness answered
My mother had a severe blood clot in her leg that traveled to her groin, She had to be hospitalized and put on blood thinners. She was in the hospital for three weeks. It started with pain in her leg and swelling of her ankle. The blood clot traveled up her artery, the reason she had to stay in the hospital. You need to get this checked out.
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Anonymous answered
I have had several clots in my left calf and a pulminary embolism times 3 (two clots in my chest with a large one in my lung at the same time. I usually don't have swelling or a warm feeling. The degree of pain also varies from time to time. The best thing is to trust your instincts. You know when something is wrong. I almost died because I thought I was being paranoid.
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I had a blood clot in my right calf and it was very painful. You feel like you want to punch it. You can't
sit too long otherwise your leg will go numb or very painful. You need to see a doctor right away
this is a life threatening. Doctor will probably put you with blood thinning for atleast few months or
longer. By the way, mine is still there. It is already permanent damage but atleast stop clotting.
but sometimes still worries me. Take care...

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It varies but can be painful especially if you flex your foot with your leg straight, toes pointing upwards, this is called the homing's test, it is positive if it really hurts. Also it can be warm to the touch but not always, and red. I agree with alex-c-jon, if you don't have a gp then go to the er. This is dangerous if it is a clot and it is a deep vein thrombosis it can travel to your heart or lungs. Good luck.
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I have pain in the top portion of my left calf. There is also a small lump just behind my left bottom of my knee. It hurts when I am resting, walking etc. Should I be concerned about a blood clot?
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I think it is a bit like DVT or deep vein thrombosis I think if you have any symptoms I would suggest speaking to your GP

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