The fear of learning of any abnormality can be intense. It is not only our physical health that is essential for functioning on a daily basis, but our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being that allows us to be happy. The bad news following the discovery of a potential condition is obvious – there’s a problem.
The good news concerning blood clots is that the ability to recognize early warning signs of a blood clot can keep you alive.
But before discussing the symptoms indicating blood clots, it’s important to know what they are. Clots form because a blood vessel is obstructed. The blood coagulates into a mass of cells. Often, the clot will dry up. At times, the clot will form inside a vessel and must be addressed medically.
Occasionally, the clot is a result of pulmonary embolism, meaning pieces of it detach from the mass and make their way to the lungs. In other cases the condition known as deep vein thrombosis develops in which a clot forms well underneath the surface.
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.