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Leg blood clots are not that rare. They form if you are a frequent traveller who spends too much time immobile. Buses and planes cannot be avoided and you are to spend a few hours in cramped spaces.

If you have an opportunity to stretch your legs or walk around, you are lucky. If you stay immobile, do not be surprised to find out that you have blood clots in your legs.

1. Swelling

Swelling is especially bad if it causes pain. The pain is felt at the area of the clot. Have a look at your legs and see if there are any changes. Touch the most suspicious sites. The most common areas where blood clots tend to form are ankles and calves. These two areas have tissue and bone densities, this is why your body can hardly clear a clot in a natural way. Not all swellings are clot-related. If it is clot-related, you will notice that neither cold nor hot compresses resolve the issue. Sometimes such swellings intensify without any reason or external injury to the affected area.

2. Fainting

If a blood clot cannot dissolve naturally, it may make you feel dizzy. Some people faint since their body cannot fight the problem on its own. It is very dangerous if the clot detaches and starts travelling towards other organs, such as the lungs or heart. It makes breathing very difficult. Dizziness occurs when the person stands up suddenly after lying down or sitting. The bad thing that most people do not pay attention to this symptom thinking that this is something natural. Fainting is also a serious symptom that should not be ignored. Ask your doctor to observe you. As a rule, people who lose consciousness get trauma when they fall and hit their head or any other sensitive body part. Medical attention is required if you know that you sometimes pass out.

3. Fatigue

If your body is in trouble it will first try to defend you. It will work overtime. This will result in exhaustion and fatigue. This happens even when fatigue is nonspecific. Sometimes a specialist cannot diagnose the root cause of the issue at first sight. Deep vein thrombosis needs more detailed tests. Pay attention how you feel during the day and whether you get tired for no obvious reason. If your lifestyle is not very active and you do not practice sports or suffer from insomnia yet feel exhausted and tired most of the time, then it is very possible that the fatigue is clot-related.

4. Tenderness

Usually a blood clot may be somewhere deep within the leg, but you will still know that you have it since you will feel how tender the skin surrounding the clot is to the touch. Make sure that you do not see the veins below the skin in the affected area. If they are visible, then you are very likely to have a blood clot at that site. You should also know that tenderness can occur in both legs, even when only one is affected by the blood clot. See the doctor if you have noticed tenderness or pain.

5. Distended Veins

Blood clots may be stubborn enough. Then they show themselves by distention or in surface veins in or around the spot where they are forming. If this symptom is not typical of your other body parts and occur only in your legs, then pay great attention to this sign. Distended veins do not lead to problems or complications, but if significant pressure is put by a blood clot, internal ruptures may occur. In this case you will see that redness or bruising intensify.

 

 

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