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    They want to freeze my stem cells but want a bone marrow biopsy first. Hate them!

    Asked by Cat on Monday, February 4, 2013

    They want to freeze my stem cells but want a bone marrow biopsy first. Hate them!

    I know they can't put u out, is there something that won't make it so terrifying ?

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      Peroll

      They should be able to give you some a nti anxiety mrds that will make it so that you don't feel or don;t care about the pain. I have had them for procedures where I had to be awake and they worked well for me. Ask for them in advance so they have them ready. Good Luck

      about 4 years ago
    • Gma's Avatar
      Gma

      They can do conscious sedation before the procedure. They have never hurt me at MD Anderson doing this procedure. Ay my local hospital it was terrible. I have never had to be sedated before the procedure, but I know some that were at MDA. So ak your Dr. About this.

      about 4 years ago
    • GrinsofNH's Avatar
      GrinsofNH

      Get some valium before hand, Cat.... it's theonly thing that will help in my experience.

      Also, be glad they want to freeze your stem cells. We tried to get them to do that, but they wouldn't without going immediately ahead with the transplant. I didn't see why they had to be joined, as the stem cells should be harvested when your numbers are at their best, and the transplant, in my view, should be a last resort given the attendant risks.... so I'd be very happy to have stem cells on ice for the day when they're truly necessary.

      about 4 years ago
    • Debio's Avatar
      Debio

      I had the same and usually have to have a bone marrow biopsy every year. Oxicodone or demerol will help if your doctor will permit you. It is slightly painful and certainly unpleasant but. for the sake of our health, do not hesitate.

      about 4 years ago
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      Debio

      I had the same and usually have to have a bone marrow biopsy every year. Oxicodone or demerol will help if your doctor will permit you. It is slightly painful and certainly unpleasant but. for the sake of our health, do not hesitate.

      about 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      I only had one bone marrow biopsy, but it was enough! If I ever have to have another I am going to ask for valium or something. My father had 2, and they gave him something the 2nd time.

      about 4 years ago
    • Therose's Avatar
      Therose

      At the time of the collection of my stem cells enough was collected to do two transplants. Due to fact there are times two is needed. Half was frozen for possible future transplant. About bone marrow biopsy I too hate them so much. While I was with City of Hope I was sedated very briefly while biospy was done. I would request some oral meds that are strong enough to put you under during that time given maybe one hour before. But you will need someone else to drive you.The local anesthetic stuff offered when I got back to Kaiser Permanente just did nothing for me. I have one coming up in March, 2013. I have not requested but begged to be sedated. I have had one a year for coming upon last four years. This is to be last one according to the clinical trial. After this it will just be blood test.

      about 4 years ago
    • Cat's Avatar
      Cat

      Thanks for the support. Going to Standford we'd. Long day labs, Zomita , get to see my McDreamy surgeon for X-rays back to hosp for heart stress test and lung test. Thank The Lord we have good insurance. If everything go's well march will be the bone marrow biopsy. Sorry feel like a winer.

      about 4 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      I dont much care for bone marrow biopsy either, but it is what it is and helps my Dr. keep an eye on my disease so I just take my pain meds and hold on to the table!!!! I have had three in the past year and a half and will probably need another in the next few months. So far my numbers are fine and the oncologist doesnt see the need for one but I have to email my transplant Dr. and make sure he is ok with that. My stem cells were collected then frozen as the hospital wasn't sure when a room would open up. I got lucky and only had to wait 3 weeks until my transplant. they brought my frozen cells into my room in a huge freezer thing, thawed them out and in they went, very interesting procedure. Not as terrifying as you would think.

      about 4 years ago
    • Cat's Avatar
      Cat

      Yeah it's over, only freaked out a little! Still had my iv in from the Zomita so they !
      gave me meds in that. Onward and up word. Thanks all

      almost 4 years ago

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