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Comment from: CSC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I had a bone marrow biopsy done recently (in the UK) to see whether suspected cancer (plasmacytoma) had reached the bone marrow (it hadn't). I had asked to be sedated, but the doctor performing the procedure talked me out of it. She said it would take three minutes and that several other patients had had it done under local anesthetic that day and just walked out, no problem. She said that this was the usual way; sedation wasn't necessary, and that she would give me a local and all I would feel would be prodding. The anesthetic took about 3 minutes to administer and was pretty painful. The sample then took longer, and was painful and unpleasant. I also had to listen to her telling a trainee exactly what she was doing which made me feel sick. She said afterwards I'd done 'really well' and it was “fine, wasn't it?” I said no, and that next time I wanted to be sedated. Tomorrow, I am supposed to have to have a tricky bone biopsy done under sedation rather than general, as I have a bad cold. I imagine this may be just as bad.

Comment from: Najmuddin, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 30

I felt pain in my heel. I started treatment like, physiotherapy for a week and started antibiotic tablets for a month. During a test, I found my platelets are very down at 49000. After I stopped taking antibiotics, a week later I revised the test I found my platelets were up to 54000.

Comment from: Rochelle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I had the biopsy and aspiration done under general anesthesia, and so glad I did! I was terrified of having this done, and just so worried. As a result of the anesthesia I felt nothing at all, and woke up quickly in the recovery area. I had this done at 9:45 a.m. and left the hospital before noon. My hip aches tonight, but it's not unbearable, and there is just a small amount of blood on the bandage. I would urge anyone to ask for the general anesthesia if you can. I had a total hip replacement three months ago, so I was unwilling to go through more pain! Blessings and best of luck to you!

Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 18

I recently had a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration in the doctor's office. I thought the doctor did an excellent job. It didn't hurt at all except for a little bit when she withdrew the fluid during the aspiration. She warned me, so it was no big deal. The reason for the procedure was my platelets had dropped to below 50K and my red and white blood cell counts were slightly low. My hemoglobin and hematocrit were also slightly low. I am currently waiting on the results.

Comment from: Shannon, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I will be having a bone biopsy next Friday. I have had a broken collarbone for nine years and there is an infection inside it.

Comment from: mousekatear, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I had a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration of fluid built up just two days ago. The procedure was very painful for me. It needed to be done to see if I have osteomyelitis because I had a staph infection for 18 months. Although it was very painful, I would do it again if it means I will be healthy.

Comment from: Leslie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

They put me out. It didn't hurt. The numbing shot hurt so they gave me more pain and sleep medicine. I woke up drank some water, breathed deeply and slept a little. Everything was done in about 2 1/2 hrs. Came home and ate. Going to take a nap now. So please don't worry about having this done!

Comment from: angie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I had a bone marrow biopsy performed due to a diagnosis of monoclonal gammopathy (an elevated protein in my blood which can be the beginning of multiple myloma). My doctor numbed my hip with lydocaine and I can honestly say I did not feel a thing!! I was quite surprised, because my niece had leukemia and had to endure many of these which she said were terribly painful. So, for anyone facing a bone marrow biopsy, it can be done painlessly without sedation!!!

Comment from: Linda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I had a bone marrow biopsy done a few days ago. I was given an option to be put "under.” They told me to take 2 Tylenol. That did nothing for the pain during the procedure. Anyway, my doctor is diagnosing it as CML.

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