Many of the people are unaware of the term deep vein thrombosis or DVT. DVT is a disorder, where the individual suffers from a blood clot in deep veins residing in the body. Although their occurrence begins in the legs, they spread or appear at any other part of the body too. The significant alteration of the body is that the incident will dislodge the original location of the vein, making the clot to block the passage of the blood. These clots travel in the regular stream and further create barriers are several regions leading to pulmonary embolism and death.

What Does Deep Vein Thrombosis Pain Feel Like?

Fortunately, there are a few symptoms that will help you check whether the pain that you are suffering from is due to deep vein thrombosis / DVT or not. The pain in the legs is the first step that anyone can notice whether they are suffering from DVT or not. The next symptom of DVT that you can observe is the swelling and tightness. When you have these two, the pain that you will undergo is severe, and the clots are growing in size. In addition to this, you will further experience a throbbing-like pain that creates cramps in the feet, which makes it difficult for you to walk or stand.

With the elevating situation, the skin around the affected region becomes red and warm when touched. Even if the pain in the legs may not seem to be that of deep vein thrombosis or DVT, it is helpful in knowing whether a clot in the vein is or not. Discussing with the doctor will be of immense help in such situations. If there is one, the doctor will consider the treatment procedure based on the facts provided by the patient.

Avoiding Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT With Initial Stage Treatment

As you understood about deep vein thrombosis or DVT and the pain it can cause or the further step, which is death, it is necessary to avoid it at any cost through treatment when noticed in the initial stages. A doctor will review the case depending on the symptoms that you explain and the risk factors involved in the same. Based on the certain tests, the physician will conclude whether you are suffering from deep vein thrombosis or DVT or not. The useful test is ultrasound.

When identified in the early stage or on confirming the presence of the illness, the doctor will be in a position to cure the same. Treatment often includes the use of medicines and exercises. In many of the cases, the situation reduces and helps the patients to lead a healthy life. However, they will have to follow specific guidelines to prevent recurrence of the illness. If these two treatments fail to offer what the doctor thought, then the last option is to go ahead with the surgery.

Identifying the Pain and the Clot

There is a relation between detecting the clot and the pain. Therefore, the doctor will not take a chance in collecting the data when you say you are in pain. For instance, when there is a clot in the arteries of the heart, then it can cause a radical damage and pose a threat to life, as it leads to pulmonary embolism or heart attack. Another case is chest pain, where it is difficult for the physician to identify whether it is due to PE or indigestion.

Hence, a doctor considers the medical history of the patient, the symptoms, the risk factors, and results of tests carried out to ensure that the pain suffered by a patient is actually due to deep vein thrombosis or DVT and provide the required treatment.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: November 21, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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