Our blood has one of the most important jobs in our body, and that is to continuously pump throughout every organ for as long as we’re alive.
If our body lacks blood amount, or doesn’t have a healthy blood it becomes exposed to various illnesses, some of which may be life-threatening.
When we cut or injure ourselves, the blood shows its crucial function of clotting. What happens is that blood acquires a gel-like texture in order to stop its flow and avoid excess blood loss.
However, in some instances, such as the condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), blood clots can be dangerous. They can occur deep inside veins, usually those in your legs, and have no relation to a cut or injury.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
The most common factors to this condition are smoking, pregnancy, obesity, heart disease, cancer (especially of the pancreas, brain, bone, lymphomas, and ovaries), hormone therapy (including birth control pills), lung disease, chemotherapy, and inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
One of the DVT’s leading causes is immobility, appearing usually after a big surgery or accident which would leave people unable to move freely.
This condition can be very dangerous and life-threatening, since vein clots can find their way to lungs and lodge there, condition known as a pulmonary embolism (PE), and cause blockage of the blood flow.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention give the statistics that 60,000 to 100,000 people in U.S die as a result of DVT/PE in a year.
DVT is mostly asymptomatic, but sometimes it does provide symptoms which are surely worth knowing since they can prevent the disease and even death.
There are chances of you thinking that DVT symptoms aren’t identifiable enough to determine if someone suffers from this condition. But if you experience any of the following symptoms, consult a doctor as fast as you can.
These are the 10 symptoms of blood clot that’s unnatural:
One of the primary and most significant DVT symptoms according to a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biolog, is swelling which often occurs in legs and therefore known as leg edema.
One of your legs can appear and feel as different from the other.
While standing up and starting to walk, you may have the sensation of fluid buildup presence in your legs.
A swollen egg can as well mean other things, such as a reaction to an intense workout, but if it’s combined with other DVT symptoms, there’s a reason to think that you have blood clot, and therefore consult appropriate doctor.
2. Pain & Tenderness
There are great chances of feeling pain and tenderness if you have swelling associated to DVT.
A 2000 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine points the importance of the leg pain as DVT symptom.
Leg pain associated to DVT is usually appearing in the calf region and along the medial thigh area.
50-70 percent of DVT patients are likely to experience extreme and constant leg pain, especially when walking due to pressure on the blood clot. Breaks from walking for certain period of time (individually) will subdue this pain, which will again occur once they continue to walk.
If you notice such a pattern of pain upon walking, reduction upon resting for a fixed time, and pain again, you should definitely seek medical help. You can also squeeze your calf to see if you experience a sharp pain upon squeezing.
If you notice this pattern of pain during walking, resting, and walking again, consult a doctor. It’s also possible to feel extreme pain upon squeezing your calf, and lifting your leg up in a straight position so that you can pull the toes towards you. This is known as the Homan’s Test for DVT.
If the clot is in advanced stage, you will feel the same pain when sitting or lying down.