Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms deep within a vein, typically in regions such as the thigh or calf. Oftentimes, the existence of a DVT causes no pain or symptoms. However, if the DVT blocks blood flow completely (or even partially), pain and swelling may occur in the vicinity of veins close to the surface of the skin and movement may become difficult.
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In severe cases, a blood clot will detach from the leg vein and travel through your bloodstream to the heart or lungs, in which case, sudden and severe symptoms and even death can result within a few hours if left untreated.
Let’s take a look at the 10 most common symptoms of DVT…
1. Leg Pain or Tenderness
With large blood clots, pain and/or tenderness can occur in the affected leg, particularly when standing, climbing stairs, or walking. In addition to the leg, this symptom may also occur in the ankle, foot, or arm.