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Leg pain and swelling after long flight

I'm having a few strange symptoms after flying the other day and I'm just wondering if I should be concerned. I just got back from a trip to England and I'm having periodic leg pain. After the flight there (8 hours total) I had some swelling in my left leg the following day. It only lasted a few hours and then went away. It didn't actually hurt but was a bit uncomfortable.

After flying back (last night) I'm now having pain in my left ankle and slight swelling. I can't tell if this is just normal for long-distance flights or if I should be concerned about a DVT. Keep in mind, I'm young (27) and don't have any of the general risk factors that I've read about and the only symptoms I'm having are what I've mentioned above. I feel like I'm probably over reacting (which is why I don't just go to the ER) but if it is potentially serious I dont want to mess around with it.
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Get it seen to.
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It could be nothing, but it's better to be safe then sorry. Put ur mind at rest.
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Most ppl do swell when on long flights...I was diangnosed with a DVT in my left leg not quite a yr ago..and my self am young only 22 when they found it...the symptoms are swelling amd tightening of the leg while walking a few steps...if u feel this go dont wait bc mine also went to my lung causing a pulminary embolism...but I wouldnt worry so much..i went on a flight to Hawaii total 12hrs and my legs swell.and ache. this is common for long flights do to being stuck in a small space for a long period.
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