how can you tell if you have a blood clot in legs

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Dr. Riga L. Pemba answered:

How can you tell if you have a blood clot in legs?

Pain and swelling

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There is usually pain and swelling of the legs. This pain can be worse on trying to flex and extend your ankles. If you have shortness of breath and chest pain as well go to the ER to rule out a blood clot in your lungs. Risk factors include obesity, recent long distance travel, long periods of inactivity and sometimes clotting disorders. You will need a Doppler study of the leg to rule this out.
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How can you tell you have a blood clot when your legs always swell some during a trip?

Blood clots hurt!

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In just about everyone
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Can methadone cause blood clots and or swelling and pain in leg. Had blood clot a few months ago.. Went away. Years ago told my left side had circulation problems. More lower left leg swollen painful can't move it. must pain right under knee

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A swollen leg with a history of blood clots is a worrisome combination. You could very well have another clot, and blood clots in the legs can lead to bad complications. You need to be examined for this and have an ultrasound study. Do you have a history of injecting IV drugs into the veins in your legs? That's a great way to damage the veins and put you at risk for leg swelling and/or blood clots.
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If a doppler scan of arms and legs comes back negative for blood clotting, does that mean there are no blood clots in my body anywhere else?

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it's extremely unlikely. Unless you have other symptoms. It is possible the a small clot travelled to your lungs and would present as a pulmonary embolus. CT is the best test for that. However, a blood test called D-dimer would be positive. If your duplexes and d-dimer are negative, it would be extremely unlikely to have a clot anywhere in a patient your age.
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Husband has blood clots in the legs, Is he at risk for the clot to go to his lungs or heart and he has had pain and swelling in hands and entire legs?

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clot in the leg are at risk for migration to the lung. This is the main risk of the clot in the leg. The next downstream location is the lung, but NOT the heart.
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Please tell me what happens if you have a blood clot in your leg?

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A blood clot in the veins of your legs is called Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT). Depending on the size, this can cause pain, swelling, and redness. The most feared complication of this if if the clot were to travel to your lungs, called a pulmonary embolism.
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How can I tell if i have a blood clot in my leg after a plane trip?

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If you are having pain or swelling in your leg, you should contact your primary physician to have an ultrasound, or duplex of the veins in your legs. If there is a DVT, it would then be treated with blood thinners.
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How do I tell if I have a blood clot in my leg? My leg itches and is warm. There is a little pain, but not much. No veins visible.

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to be sure, you need an ultrasound of the leg which is non-invasive and fairly quick. some of the signs of a clot are if it's warm, red, or swollen.
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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz answered:

How can I tell if I have restless leg syndrome vs a blood clot in my left leg?

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I'm not aware of a blood clot causing restless leg syndrome. I'm assuming that you are talking of a venous clot or dvt. You can get a simple test called a venous Doppler of your legs to rule this out. See your doctor.
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Dr. Ted King answered:

Swollen leg, what can cause this besides a blood clot? How can you tell a blood clot?

Pain and swelling

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Commonly, blood clots cause pain and swelling but sometimes they will only cause one or the other. Occasionally, they cause no symptoms. Ultrasound is the only way to know for sure, as Dr. Korona said. Unfortunately, D-dimer results can be unreliable.
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