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A puffy leg or arm is one of the most common signs of a DVT. "Blood clots can block the healthy flow of blood in the legs, and blood can pool behind the clot causing swelling," says Navarro. It's normal to overlook leg swelling as a symptom of a DVT if you always get large or stiff legs when you fly or during periods of immobility. But be suspicious if your bloated limb comes on quickly, especially if it shows up with a side of pain.
Usually, DVT pain comes as a combo with other symptoms like swelling or redness, but sometimes it can stand alone. "Unfortunately, pain from a blood clot can easily be mistaken for a muscle cramp or strain, which is why the issue often goes undiagnosed and is specifically dangerous," says Navarro. DVT pain tends to strike when you're walking or when you flex your foot upward. If you have a charley horse you can't seem to shake—especially if the skin near it is warm or discolored—have your doctor take a look.
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While it's true that a bruise is a type of blood clot, it's not the kind you have to worry about. You can't see a DVT. You might see some bruise-like discoloration, but you're more likely to see red. A DVT causes redness in the affected limb and makes your arm or leg feel warm to the touch.
A blood clot in your lung slows your O2 flow. When oxygen is low, your heart rate goes high to try to make up for the shortage. Feeling a flutter in your chest and having trouble with deep breaths could be your body sending out an SOS that you've got a PE lurking in your lungs. You might also feel faint or even pass out. Get help quickly, especially if any of these symptoms come on suddenly.
Can't stop hacking? If you're also having shortness of breath, fast heart rate, or chest pain, it could be a PE. "The cough will be dry, but sometimes people can cough up mucus and/or blood," says Navarro. When in doubt, phone your doc or go straight to the ER.
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