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Old 06-24-2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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does bone marrow biopsy hurt?

does bone marrow biopsy hurt?

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Old 06-25-2008, 11:55 AM   #2
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Re: does bone marrow biopsy hurt?

Hi Lindsay
I had one in March, I asked my dr for something for the anxiety I had just thinking about it. It is very uncomfortable but once its over its over, kinda like having a baby, once you realize you will get through it it's over and you move on. It is a critical diagnostic procedure so you need to have it and I found the anxiety meds helped me.
Good luck

Old 06-25-2008, 04:05 PM   #3
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Re: does bone marrow biopsy hurt?

hey lindsay,
everyone will have a different take on this. everyone can cope with different levels of pain. i was told how bad it would hurt and i was so scared to get it done but it didnt hurt. they numb the area and then all i felt was strange pressure. like when you get someone to lace up a corset and they have there foot on the bottom of your back to get it tight enough. i had a friend in with me who talked to me the whole time to distract me but i honestly didnt think it hurt.

Old 06-27-2008, 01:54 AM   #4
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Re: does bone marrow biopsy hurt?

HI Lindsay,
I had mine done a number of years ago, and I have to say it was really painful. To the extent, that I have refused to have another one. However, I have heard it said that it is very dependent on the skill of the Dr who does it, and part of the reason I have refused one recently was because I know which Dr does them at my onc centre, and I have no faith in him.
So yes, it can be very painful, but that certainly does not always seem to be the case.
Best wishes

Old 06-27-2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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Re: does bone marrow biopsy hurt?

I had one done last October and I found it to be more of a strange hard pressure than to be painful. It is a little painful, but I would have another one if I needed to without being too nervous. It does depend on the skill of the doctor I have been told. I did take something to help with my anxiety beforehand and it helped. Good luck and I hope that helps. Carisa

Old 11-29-2010, 10:22 PM   #6
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This reply is for those that read this for information. My doctor refused to sedate for it, only using local anesthesia. I would have loved to have something to take the edge off. It did hurt. It was not excrutiating but yes it hurt. Of course the person doing it had to move the needle because they hit a dry area. The also had to aspirate three times and that hurts.

Old 10-04-2011, 01:52 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies to Lindsay 07's posting, I am having a bone marrow biopsy in two weeks and I am really nervous. Thankfully I was giving a sedative to take the day of the procedure I really hope that helps.

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