As we age, keeping track of our health becomes increasingly more important. Eating healthy and exercising are serious factors in maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle. Regular check-ups and check-ins with your doctor are equally as significant. Being conscious about what your body may be experiencing, and communicating that to your primary care physician, can be life-saving! Here are 10 signs that you may have a blood clot in your leg!
1. Increased Heart Rate
As a blood clot grows, your body will work harder in an attempt to eradicate it. In effect, your body will put more strain on its vital organs, which will cause issues. For example, the heart will pump harder and faster, accelerating its heartbeat. In addition, heart irregularities can also signify that the clot has detached and traveled to other parts of your body. If you experience other symptoms, such as sharp chest pains that intensify with breathing, contact your doctor immediately!
Like painful swelling, tenderness is another symptom of a blood clot. Tenderness isn’t always accompanied by pain and swelling, but will certainly feel abnormal. When a part of your body is tender to the touch, it is a sure sign that someone is wrong. It may seem easier to ignore this symptom, or write it off as something else, but that’s a dangerous game! If you experience any tenderness, see your doctor immediately.
3. Skin Discoloration
Discoloration of the skin is generally the very first sign of a blood clot (thrombus) deep in a vein. The redness (or blueness) is the result of dense collections of blood gathering beneath the surface of the skin, and as this collection of blood grows in size it becomes more visible. If you experience this particular issue, especially after surgery, contact your doctor immediately.
When it comes to any illness, including blood clots, the body has natural defenses. One of those natural defenses is fatigue. When your body is working overtime to rid itself of an illness, like a blood clot, it naturally needs more rest. You will feel exhausted, regularly, even when you are not participating in any strenuous physical activity.
5. Labored Breathing
If your body is unable to dissolve a blood clot on its own naturally, or if it detaches and travels towards the lungs, breathing may become more difficult. Labored breathing can lead to shortness of breath or rapid breathing, which can in turn increase anxiety, panic attacks, and other issues.
Generally, painful swelling will occur at the site of the blood clot. The leg, ankle, and calf areas are thicker and have increased bone and tissue density, so your body has more trouble ridding itself of blood clots in these areas. If you experience painful swelling in any of those areas, it could very well be a sign on a blood clot.
7. Fainting & Dizziness
Labored breathing can lead to dizziness and fainting. Dizziness will be most pronounced when standing up too fast after sitting or lying down for an extended period of time. And fainting is an incredibly serious symptom that should be examined by a doctor immediately.
8. Hot Skin
Blood clots often increase the temperature of your skin in the affected area, and will be hot to the touch. Typically, this hotness is accompanied by a tingling feeling, and is highly localized. Additionally, the hot skin is sometimes accompanied by itchiness and throbbing, as well.
9. Bulging Veins
In many situations, a particularly tenacious blood clot will surface as a bulging or distended vein, and will be visible on the surface of your skin where the clot is developing. This could cause immense pressure on the surrounding vein and potentially cause a rupture, which could lead to painful bruising and more.
A high fever is a general symptom of illness, across the board. Often when a blood clot detaches and enters the blood stream, your body will react by increasing its temperature and you’ll have a mild or low grade fever. Other symptoms that generally accompany a fever are mood swings, irritability, headaches, body weakness, loss of appetite, and dehydration. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately!