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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.

Comment from: NoPain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I had a bone marrow biopsy today at the hospital due to a high white blood cell count. The nurses and doctors explained everything that would take place. I was put under a twilight type sleep. I did not feel a thing. I was taken to the recovery room, and was provided with lunch with husband by my side. I went home and am doing very well. I experienced no pain at all. I have a follow-up appointment with am oncologist in a week. I am expecting positive news.

Comment from: lil_jj, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I had my first bone marrow biopsy and aspiration done today looking for a rare type of lymphoma. I live in Australia and by patient rights you must be sedated for the procedure. I was given a mixture of fentanyl and propofol so even that I was not rendered unconscious, but I was put into 'twilight sleep' (which to me was just like going to sleep anyway). The site is still numbed with local anesthesia so in theory it turned a what could of been a painful and traumatic event into an uneventful but painless event with no procedure recollection. I highly recommend that anyone going to have a BMB to be properly sedated. Good luck!

Comment from: Ray, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I presented at the doctors with priapism and was admitted to hospital to correct the condition. While the procedure was taking place, bloods were taken to find a cause, and it was found that I had a high white blood cell count, which the initial prognosis was chronic myeloid leukemia It was quite a shock, then a bone marrow biopsy was taken to confirm this. There is quite a bit of pain in the hip region following the biopsy. I am presently waiting for the results. Scary going from apparently healthy otherwise to having leukemia.

Comment from: Arcadi, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

The biopsy was done in my doctor's office. The procedure itself is very painful. On top of it the doctor hit a nerve, and I saw the angels. It's already over 24 hour and I'm still in pain. It's lots of swelling and I'm using ice and Advil.

Comment from: Jennifer, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I had a bone marrow biopsy done today due to low platelet count. I found it very painful, but on the upside the pain dissipates as soon as it is done.

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