Your leg swells
If you’ve noticed one leg is looking larger than the other, it might be time to get suspicious about deep vein thrombosis and DVT symptoms. “Leg swelling is caused when a blood clot in the vein prevents blood from returning from the leg back to the heart,” explains Geoffrey Barnes, MD, MSc, cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center and a member of the Society for Vascular Medicine. “The swelling could also cause pain or discomfort.”
Some people with DVT might experience the sensation of a “pulled muscle” or a cramp that will not go away, Dr. Barnes says. “If either of these are associated with leg swelling, it should be evaluated for a possible DVT.” The discomfort of DVT could also feel like a throbbing ache or tenderness, adds the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM). If a doctor determines that your pain is not DVT, consider these home remedies for muscle soreness and pain.