What Does A Blood Clot Feel Like?

What Is a Blood Clot?

blood clot forming inside a blood vessel

Blood clots occur naturally in the body; they are responsible for sealing up wounds. A blood clot forms to stop the bleeding from the affected area, and once it has done its job, the blood clot disperses and breaks apart. Blood clots are essential for proper healing, but sometimes, things can go wrong. Each year, 600,000 cases of non-fatal blood clots occur, a majority of which occur in the legs. It is paramount to seek a deep vein thrombosis treatment immediately if you believe you are having a blood clot.

Are Blood Clots Common?

You are more likely to get a blood clot in your legs if you have not moved for a while. Many people suffer from blood clots after long plane rides, or after they have recently undergone surgery. It is for this reason that surgeons recommend standing up after surgery even if you don’t feel your best. You need to get medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms.

What Do Blood Clots Feel Like?

So what does a blood clot feel like? Can you even feel a blood clot? Does a blood clot hurt to touch for example? Many questions might pop up when you start thinking of the worst. 

In reality, and unless the blood clot either really big or in an area that is closer to the skin layer, you won’t be able to really feel it. 


In fact, it is not recommended to rub any area where you suspect you have a blood clot as you would risk dislodging it and it could move to a more dangerous area like your lungs. 


With that said, there are a few symptoms that can help you identify whether you have a blood clot.

What are the Symptoms of a Blood Clot?

  • Pain: The pain you experience around the blood clot can range from a dull ache to extreme pain and illness.

  • Swelling: The swelling will form in the precise area where the blood clot develops. It is also possible for the entire leg or arm to swell.

  • Difficulty Breathing: Trouble breathing and chest pressure is a sign the clot may have moved from your leg or arm into your lungs.

  • Alteration in Color: The area around the clot will take on a blue or red tinge. This discoloration may also feel itchy or warm.

  • Lower Leg Cramp: In the event, the clot has formed in the lower leg or calf, then you will likely feel as though you have a charley horse.

It is important to note that these symptoms only apply to the limbs. A blood clot can also form in the heart where you will experience difficulty breathing, sweating, and extreme pain in the arms and chest. The brain is also an area to be concerned with as the symptoms include weakness, seizures, and issues with speech or vision.


Any of these signs is a good enough reason to call 9-1-1 immediately. Finally, the kidneys can form clots, which prevent them from removing waste properly from the body. This type of clotting manifests itself in forms of high blood pressure, vomiting, nausea, blood in urine, and pain in the thighs or belly.

What Causes a Blood Clot?

It can be challenging to diagnose pulmonary vein thrombosis or deep vein thrombosis. One report from the Center for Disease Control states that roughly 50% of people with DVT experience no symptoms. That is why you should call a professional, even if you only suspect you have a problem or see the relevant symptoms of a blood clot. You should especially call for an evaluation if your symptoms seem to come out of nowhere, especially chest pressure.


Your doctor will be able to perform tests, such as a non-invasive vein mapping ultrasound to determine the problem. Even if it is not a blood clot, you still want peace of mind knowing that everything is alright. These tests can only be performed in a vein clinic, so you need to go immediately. Time is of the essence when dealing with a blood clot, so you should seek a diagnosis posthaste.


If you have any questions about your vein health, do not hesitate to contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic in Geneva through our online form today. Our team can perform a screening to ensure your veins and arteries are healthy.

How Vein Specialists Can Help

If you or someone you know suffers from DVT, contact the specialists at Gilvydis Vein Clinic. From diagnostic imaging and medications to personalized treatment plans, our experienced team of physicians has the technology and skills needed to help you achieve the best outcome possible.

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