Pain and swelling. 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.
Pain and swelling. Pain and swelling are the most common symptoms.
Blood clots hurt! In just about everyone.
DVT. 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.
Swollen leg. Usually swelling in one leg is first clue, though not definitive. If you are concerned or have problems with excess clotting, discuss with your doctor before travel. May suggest compression stockings or even blood thinners. For most people, staying hydrated and moving around/leg exercises are sufficient.
Ultrasound. 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.
Ultrasound exam. The only way to be sure that one does not have a blood clot in a limb is to have a venous duplex ultrasound exam, which will fully evaluate the superficial and deep venous systems of your legs. Flying at high altitude, particularly for extended flights, does put one at higher risk of developing a deep venous thrombosis. If you are concerned, you should be evaluated, and asap to avoid complications.
Pain. And swelling.
Or swelling. And pain.
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.
See doctor. 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.
Lower leg swelling. Long periods of sitting or stillness can lead to blood clots in the leg veins. Usually one lower leg swells compared to the other side. You can measure with a tape measure at the same place on each leg and determine if one side is an inch or more different from the other.
Ultrasound. Of the symptomatic limb.
Can be hard to tell. 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.
Pain is key, worse. When flexing/extending ankle. Is one leg larger than the other? Call your doc if so or go to urgent care. U/s next, used to require venogram now rarely if ever done. The risk is dislodged clot, piece traveling to lung causing pulmonary embolus. Can be lethal.
Ultrasound. The classic symptoms of a blood clot in the legs are pain and swelling. It is possible, though, to have a blood clot and not know it. The best way to know for sure whether you have a blood clot or not is to have any venous ultrasound. If your are worried that you might have a blood clot, you should get it checked out right away.
Swelling in the leg. Swelling is common sign as can be pain and redness. Occasionally one can feel the clots in the veins, but far more common is for very few symptoms to be present. Swelling would be the most common. Risk factors could include recent surgery or a long trip or chronic disease such as heart failure.
DVT. Typically peaple get unilateral swelling. Localized swelling and pain is also possinle. In some cases shortness of breath which can be life threatening.
Venous doppler. If you develop calf pains after flying you should get a lower extremity venous doppler to make sure your do not have a blood clot.
Pain and swelling. 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.