1. SWELLING AND PAIN IN THE LEG
Blood clots originate in the leg, and when one forms, there will be swelling in the veins. This leads to pain in the calf muscles. Making matters worse, the calf tissue is thick and therefore makes it difficult for the system to eliminate the clot. If common remedies to reduce swelling don’t work, a clot may exist. A noticeable change in the body is scary. Ignorance only increases that fear. Knowledge lets the individual understand and address the potential problem.
One red flag is an increase in temperature on and around the afflicted area. In addition, the region will be itchy and sore. If attempts to treat the problem using home therapies fail, it is an indication of the existence of a clot. Understanding the issue allows one to prevent the condition from worsening.
3. UNEXPLAINED EXHAUSTION
If your schedule is hectic and there never seems to be a moment to relax, it’s understandable that the system suffers fatigue. But absent that heavy regimen, exhaustion may signal a blood clot that the body is trying to destroy. In order to do so, the heart must work overtime, causing unexplained exhaustion to occur. This condition also occurs in deep vein thrombosis.
4. SHORTNESS OF BREATH
If the heart and lungs are stressed due to a clot, shortness of breath may be experienced. This condition (plus additional symptoms associated with the formation of blood clots) is a sign that things are critical and must be addressed immediately. Get to your doctor now. There is still time for treatment and a return to good health.
5. CHEST PAIN
When the blood clot gets to the lungs, the person will develop severe pains in the chest and sides. The pain will be sharp, intense and burning. The region will be achy and feel heavy.
6. PAIN WHILE MOVING
If simple movement causes pain it is another early warning sign of a potential blood clot. A person who experiences discomfort from normal acts like bending over, laughing or coughing, it is an indication that a clot has potentially arrived in the lungs and must be treated quickly. An additional problem when this happens is the panic that sets in with the individual who does not understand what is happening. Report to the emergency room for treatment as soon as possible as the condition is serious.
7. UNEXPECTED COUGHS
Coughs that come out of nowhere and intensify can be a sign that a clot, albeit a smaller one, has formed in the lungs. Signs that things are more serious include coughing up blood or producing mucus that contains blood. If you think clots are an issue, this is yet another warning sign that you should get checked.
If severe cramps become frequent it is a serious sign that a possible blood clot exists. Everyone experiences cramps from time to time. But dehydration associated with clotting can lead to cramps. Look for discomfort in the calf muscle as an indication a clot has formed.
Normally, the way to relieve a cramp is to bend the foot backwards to stretch the muscle. If that practice doesn’t help and the pain increases, there is a good chance the cause is a blood clot and the matter should be treated.