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Pain in legs after a flight

So I just got back from a 2 hour flight and a 4 hour car journey and I just got into bed and my legs hurt. They ache and it kinda feel like a burn and tingly feeling and both my legs are kinda warm to touch. I'm panicking it's a blood clot. I fly once a year. My legs don't look swollen. I'm only 20 but I'm still scared it's a blood clot and I'll die. Could it just be aching muscles from the travelling?

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Most likely yes especially if it is both leg. Wait and see if it settles or you get any swelling or discolouration.

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The feeling stopped now it's more of just an ache now. They don't feel as warm anymore and there is still no discolouration or swelling

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You are right to be concerned about the possibility of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

DVT usually occurs after inactivity of 4 hours or more. Each person will react differently so hard to rule it out in or out in a particular case. The only way to be sure is by seeing your doctor for a referral to have an ultrasound done.

Things you can do right now

* to put you feet up higher than your heart (on a pillow or turn a chair upside down in bed),

* drinking some water

* moving your legs

* massage along the length of your leg away from your heart

If pain persists, see your doctor.

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The feeling has gone away now it mostly feels like a muscle ache now. There's still no swelling or discolouration and they don't feel so warm anymore

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That's fine then, just a muscle ache. No need for further action

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