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Comment from: Ditsey, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I was diagnosed with early stage of lymphoma after a mammogram showed a suspicious area. I had a biopsy done (it was under my arm) on the lymph node and was told a few days ago it was lymphoma. I am not sure how serious this is.

Comment from: virginia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I had my first bone marrow biopsy on Friday. I too was very fearful of the pain I would feel during the procedure. They gave me an IV drip with something like morphine. The pain I felt was almost un-measurable. However, once I returned home I really had pain. It felt much like sciatica but was so intense I had to resort to taking a leftover pain pill from a previous bone fracture. Then the next day the pain was even worse. No swelling or infection, just pain. I wish they had given me a prescription for pain medications at the time of the procedure. How can you have your bone drilled into and some taken out without some residual pain! I'll do it again if needed, but will know next time to ask my doctor for some pain medications for afterward!

Comment from: Sangie, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I have Leukemia (CLL) and have to say that everything I heard about a bone-marrow biopsy was wrong. I felt nothing except when they injected the numbing shot. When they went down to the bone, I just felt pressure. That was until they twisted inside my bone and removed a piece from it. I have never felt pain like that before in my entire life. I wailed so loud. I asked the doctor after and she said there's no way to numb inside the bone.

Comment from: Hurting husband, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 16

My wife just had a needle biopsy of the hip because of suspected systematic lesion that may be causing pain in hip and down leg and suspected for possible malignancy. She asked for anesthesia but was only given a pill to relax. The pain was excruciating. She yelled and cried and the radiologist doing the procedure had to call in another to help him finish.

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.

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