• Bone marrow biopsy, Painful? or not?

    Asked by Leuky on Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Bone marrow biopsy, Painful? or not?

    Going to have one this next week. It sounds terrible.

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had one years ago, at that time they told me that the bone could not be deadened. But that they could give me a shot of three drugs that would make me "forget" that time. Strange, but it worked. I can't say if I had pain or not, and there are only brief moments about the whole procedure that I remember.

      over 3 years ago
    • WVgirl2424's Avatar

      I do not want to scare you but i want to be honest. They numb the skin so its not too bad when they go through the bone. However, as they pull the bone marrow out it is the most painful experience of my life, and I have had 2 children naturally. I suggest you ask for ativan iv. After the first one i insisted on being sedated. I had 8 biopsies over 3 years and i always was sedated with dilaudid and ativan. If you are having it done it must be necessary. I learned my lesson after the first one. Good luck, prayers.

      over 3 years ago
    • Lindyver's Avatar

      I have had 3, hopefully I will not have anymore. For me, truthfully, I am glad I did not look at any boards when I had mine. The first one was not that bad. The 2nd one they did not give me enough lidocaine. The 3rd one I took a lorazepam and made sure that they gave me enough lidocaine. It was tolerable. Hang in there. Remember everyone is different in their experience. Have someone there to hold their hand - that helped me out immensely. Also punching the pillow was helpful. You've got this!

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      This is interesting, as I said in my first post, I didn't have any pain at all that was noticed. But, again, I was given Librium, Demerol and another drug that I don't remember the name of that was supposed to make me forget that point in time. Apparently, it worked pretty good. Before any procedure, I always tell the tech/doctor/nurse/whatever, that I do not want to feel it, or be in a lot of pain, so give me whatever you have to in order to achieve that. Best to you, let us know how it goes.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Painful. The procedure itself was pretty hard on me, but once it was over, OMG. One of the nurse practitioners gave me an Oxycontin so I could walk out of the office. I told the hemotolgist, that he should prescribe 2-3 of them before the procedure and tell the patient to take them at least an hour before hand. My Palliative Care Dr (who was not hired until 3 years after my biopsy) told me he was working on a protocol which will include fenatoyl to help with the pain.

      over 3 years ago
    • still_fighting's Avatar

      I've had 3 biopsies. Like Greg my oncologist told me they can't deaden the bone but she made sure I didn't feel it...the first time I felt a lot of pressure but the procedure itself wasn't too bad. The second time was at MD Anderson and they didn't deaden me near close enough and it was horrible! Like WV Girl it was excruciating. They had to hold me down and when it was over I was so mad and in so much pain I could barely walk out of the office. I remember seeing my husband in the waiting room and telling him "let's go...NOW" I was trying hard not to cry because there were so many patients in the waiting room waiting for that same procedure. As soon as we were outside I cried so hard! I felt deceived and violated. The 3rd time was again from my oncologist and again she made sure I didn't feel it. After I told her what happened that 2nd time she not only deadened the area she gave me the combo medication to help me forget. And it did too! All I felt was intense pressure. In the time between my second and third biopsy I got a tattoo on my hip with bleeding hearts wrapped in barbwire and above that it said "Bite Me" so any time they have to take a biopsy they see exactly how I feel about it...lol Cracked my oncologist up! Just make sure they deaden you enough and get the amnesia drug combo if you can....it really does help.

      over 3 years ago
    • Created07's Avatar

      I didn't even know I,d had it. I was asleep.

      over 3 years ago
    • MiaMag's Avatar

      Like some others, I was so messed up already and they drugged me on top of it. I wouldn’t have known if my sister, who worked in CT, hadn’t told me. Between the Spinal Meningitis and the AML, I had someone messing around my spine weekly. Plus, the year before I had a a spinal fusion from the L3 to the S1. My poor, poor achey, breaky back.

      over 3 years ago
    • jana9808's Avatar

      I have had 3 biopsies none of which were very painful. The first one I was put to sleep. The second with just a topical med. The last one I had nothing and no pain except for some pressure.

      over 3 years ago

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