Leg pain or muscle spasms are usually ignored or shaken off without a second thought. If the pain persists, one usually chooses the readily available solutions like massages, ice packs, balms, or even pain relievers. Although muscle spasms or leg pain are common in people involved in stressful physical activities or sports, they are usually overlooked. Few can see a doctor if the discomfort increases or the pain becomes unbearable.
Leg pain, muscle tension, or swelling in the leg can be indicators of this more serious underlying Vein problems – DVT, or deep vein thrombosis. DVT can be life threatening if it is not recognized and treated in the early stages.
What is DVT?
DVT refers to Clots that form deep in your veins – usually the veins in your leg. These clots can cause pain and other symptoms. However, if they break free, they can travel through your bloodstream to the arteries near your heart and lungs and block the critical blood flow. While DVT can occur in other parts of the body, it is most likely to occur in the lower legs, thighs, and pelvis.
Signs of deep vein thrombosis
Not everyone with DVT will have symptoms. But here are some of the signs you might notice:
- People with DVT have enlarged veins
- Sudden swelling of the legs or arms
- The skin over the affected area may turn blue or red
- The skin in the affected area may feel warmer than the other areas
- When you are ready to stand and walk, you may feel pain or pain
- Prolonged pain or muscle pull
In most cases, people may not realize they have DVT until they are exposed to a more serious condition, such as pulmonary embolism, in which the blood clot breaks apart, moves through the bloodstream, and enters a blood vessel in the lungs. This can be fatal and some of the signs of a pulmonary embolism include high heart rate, chest pain, shortness of breath, and coughing up blood.
What causes DVT?
– Sit for long hours
– varicose veins
– trauma or broken bones
– birth control pills
– Operation on the hip, abdomen or leg
Difference Between Muscle Spasm and DVT:
|Cramps can occur either in the legs or in multiple places||Blood clots are more likely to be concentrated in one leg|
|Cramps can be “gone away”||Pain from blood clots is more likely to persist|
|Cramps and pulled muscles cause pain, but not necessarily redness in the affected area||Blood clots can cause severe pain in the calf while the foot is flexed at the ankle.|
How is DVT treated?
Treatment involves preventing blood clots from growing larger, breaking off, and advancing towards the lungs.
Simple lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of DVT. In the office or when traveling, be careful not to sit for long periods. Take frequent breaks every two hours and stretch your lower leg muscles. Avoid tight-fitting clothing. Be active and exercise regularly and don’t miss your routine health check-up.