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Bone Marrow Biopsy

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Comment from: LovedByGod, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2005 with a bone marrow biopsy and aspirations, which hurt terribly after! During the procedure I only felt pressure due to the IV medicines for pain and anxiety. Fast forward to 2019 and both hips are having pain issues now... fun. Thankful to still be here!

Comment from: Ridgold, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had bone marrow aspiration and biopsy for MGUS diagnosis. Never again without anesthesia. It was very painful. I wish I had known.

Comment from: OldMan Bill , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 30

I had a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). After chemotherapy I had a stem cell transplant along with the bone marrow biopsy/aspiration, on a rather routine basis. The first few were without sedation and were exquisitely painful. The numerous subsequent bone marrow biopsies have all been under propofol anesthesia, which worked for me and most of all no pain. Now, I won't go through a bone marrow biopsy without sedation, I learned the hard way, it doesn't have to hurt!

Comment from: Whatever, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I've had 5 bone marrow biopsies due to leukemia. The first two were done in an office setting. The doctor was a nice and caring person, and one of his nurses held my hand the entire time. Parts of the procedure were quite painful. When the leukemia came back, I had to go to a different doctor (the first one had moved away). The experience with the second doctor was quite different. I felt a lot of pressure and pulling, but no pain to speak of. I think it depends on the doctor's skill.

Comment from: Nevada sunshine, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I am trying to figure out why my white count is off so badly. I scared myself by watching videos of bone marrow biopsy beforehand, and was terrified through the whole thing. Yep, it hurt. Still does 2 days later. Bruised badly too.

Comment from: Jill M, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I had a bone marrow test taken 20 years ago. My hip is hurting where it was done, I wonder if this is because of the test. Or if arthritis can set in after.

Comment from: David L, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 01

I've had two bone marrow biopsies in the last three weeks with more to come after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

Comment from: Royboy, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: October 01

My husband is having a bone marrow biopsy to check for ,B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma very scared for my husband's test tomorrow.

Comment from: Birdagirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I have had multiple bone marrow biopsies for my cancer. They are very painful, however, I had a poor physician's assistant (PA) do mine today and it was beyond painful. He had to try multiple times and was very rough. Had to call in another PA. I told him he needs to have one done on him. He would have been a little compassionate.

Comment from: Bobby , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I had a bone marrow biopsy to see if I have cancer. Medicaid wouldn't cover MRI or PET scan. Five doctors and 2 radiologists said I had cancer and it has metastasized into my lymph nodes. But my bloodwork came back from the lab good. All counts appeared normal. So now all of us are wondering what caused these lesions and 6, 10, and 12 mm holes in my pelvis. Diagnosis is cancer of an unknown source.

Comment from: Sorebear, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I had to have a bone marrow biopsy done because of holes in my bones. This was the most painful process I have ever had, I was told it would take about 20 to 30 minutes, and I was in the room for 90 minutes. After the 5th attempt they got another doctor who got the sample instantly. I am honestly dreading the next time.

Comment from: VIJAY , 55-64 (Patient) Published: July 13

My hemoglobin was going down every year and to check any probability of bone marrow cancer the biopsy was done approximately 10 years back but even now I am suffering from lower back pain.

Comment from: Debi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I had my surgeon take my bone marrow biopsy to use in helping with the repair of a collapsed disc in my lower back which ended being a major surgery. Luckily I was put out for the surgery. It has been 7 weeks ago now and although the recovery process is painful it's better than the pain I was in walking around with a disc that was completely collapsed. However it seems like my worst pain is at the site they took the bone marrow from.

Comment from: Notsoscary, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I never comment on these things but I felt the need to after reading these comments. I am under 30, pregnant, and had to have my bone marrow biopsy due to low CBC results (among other things). I couldn't be sedated for the procedure and most pain medicines are off the table while I'm pregnant. I had lidocaine injected around the back of my right hip and then the procedure started. It took roughly 5 to 10 minutes and was completely painless. I'm sore after the fact but haven't taken any Tylenol or anything.

Comment from: Brave girl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I had to have a bone marrow biopsy because of low red and white blood count.

Comment from: Destiny 55, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I had the bone marrow biopsy performed, checking for multiple myeloma, lymphoma. Biopsy was done 3 years ago and I am still having a great deal of pain that has spread from the site all across my lower back and buttock, it also changes in size. I have brought it today to my doctor's attention and the first thing out of their mouth is the site heals right away with no further problem. I've been told that it's not the biopsy, it has to be something else. This is my second biopsy, years apart, the pain has become unbearable, plus I am dealing with other body pain.

Comment from: Mervyn 8, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I had the bone marrow biopsy procedure done 20 years ago to determine that I have thrombocytopenia. I was not warned of the pain, it hurts. I would describe it as like having a molar pulled without pain killers. What I have not been able to get an answer to is, how long one should experience pain at the site. I still get a pain similar to that of having the procedure, especially when jarring, stepping down a curb without warning, or due to body attitude, twisting and bending. Nurses and doctors have not been able to come up with any answers. Seems a long time to have after effects!

Comment from: Amyloidosis Patient, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I had a bone marrow extraction (aspiration and bone marrow biopsy) a few hours ago. I felt compelled to go on this site and leave a comment because after reading the comments of others last night, I had myself terrified. Perhaps it depends on who is doing the procedure but mine was almost totally painless. It was done by a hematologist in his office with local Novocain. The Novocain injection was no worse than a Novocain injection at the dentist. I felt nothing when the extraction springs were inserted, other than pressure, and felt slightly uncomfortable during the actual extraction. I have had much more painful experiences in my life. I wanted to write this response to alleviate for others some of the anxiety I experienced going into my procedure. Good luck!

Comment from: Louisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I am in the UK and have had two bone marrow biopsies with no sedation due to neutropenia and both were horrendously painful, the second one so much so they had to stop and arrange for me to have it done under a general anesthetic. From what the nurse told me afterwards it very much depends on the hematologist doing the biopsy; she told me the male hematologist was far better at doing them than the female one who did mine. So those of you who have had virtually pain free experiences have been lucky! I have to have another one in a week's time as they think lymphoma has spread to my bone marrow and it will be done by the same female hematologist so I am dreading it. I can only hope her technique has improved somewhat since last year but I doubt it.

Comment from: Fool Me Once, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I have low red blood cells and iron infusion didn't help matters. I had to have a bone marrow biopsy 2 days ago. The radiologist took an x-ray to determine which side of pelvis the sample should be taken. Yes, I felt the pounding and pressure as I was told I would, but the worst pain was the last part when the doctor took a teaspoon of my blood in that area. I was told many people experience pain then, but some do not. Well, I can bear pain well, but this was the most incredible pain, almost other-worldly! I screamed so loudly, cried and bit into the pillow for the 7 seconds it took to withdraw the blood. Do not do this test unless you are knocked out! Believe me!

Comment from: MJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration today due to a low WBC count. My doctor explained exactly what he was doing throughout the procedure. I had to bring my knees up as far as I could to my chest and was told not to move during the procedure. I felt a small pinch when he numbed the site. During the biopsy I felt a small pressure but no pain. It was quick and painless.

Comment from: Neill A, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 10

I had bone marrow aspiration with trephine on both hips today. I had plenty of local anesthetic. The first hip was slightly painful at the beginning of the procedure but when the blood was taken I hit the roof. Thankfully they only took two vials. The left hip was absolutely agonizing. Even on gas and air I was dancing about the bed. Each hip took about 45 minutes. Post procedure was/is awful. I could/can barely walk. It is 6 hours since the procedure and no pain killers have touched it. (I'm on morphine and Oramorph and have atypical Ewing's carcinoma of the navicular in the right foot). Here's hoping a good night's rest will help.

Comment from: Liz R, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

Eight years ago I had my first bone marrow biopsy. I was already weak with pain from a tumor filled spleen (diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) and all that was used was a local. The pain and fear throughout this procedure left me traumatized. I had such anxiety when it came to getting another one, I asked to be sedated. My team made a deal that they would give me all the painkillers available and that I could stop the procedure at any time and then schedule it for the operation room. I was so doped up, but it still hurt, but less than the first time. On the way home, we had to stop the car several times so I could vomit. This was repeated four more times; lots of drugs, still painful and sick afterwards. I had to get an autologous transplant and I have had another relapse recently. I am due for another transplant and I know I will need more biopsies. I dread them and will ask this time to be sedated.

Comment from: sammyb122, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

I had my bone marrow biopsy performed yesterday due to a chronic low white blood cell count. I had the option of having it performed in a hospital under general anesthesia, or in the doctor's office using local anesthesia. I chose the latter, using local anesthesia. I was ridiculously nervous before the procedure, even after taking the two Vicodin as instructed. The nerves only subsided after everything was finished. While the biopsy certainly wasn't pleasant, it wasn't the worst pain I've ever experienced. The worst part were the lidocaine shots, where two were given. The first was to numb the surface, and the second was to numb the area close to the bone. Both hurt pretty bad, but it was bearable. The actual biopsy did not hurt at all. I could feel the doctor putting a lot of pressure on my lower back to extract the marrow, but no pain was felt. I felt some pain at the site for the remainder of the day, and feel some pain today, but overall feel pretty good. I am taking Ibuprofen, and it's working well. I'd be nervous having to do it again, but in my experience, it wasn't that bad.

Comment from: Merv, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 11

I had a bone marrow biopsy taken from the hip, two days ago, and diagnosed with Erdheim Chester disease. I always thought I had a high tolerance to pain. But I found this procedure was extremely painful.

Comment from: acha, 65-74 (Patient) Published: December 31

I had bone marrow biopsy performed today at the cancer hospital and it did hurt during the procedure. However after the procedure there was no pain. The real pain was there for about one minute and that was not unbearable. When it was done the first time five months ago there was no pain but I had severe pain for a few hours afterwards. This is a good test for diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers and if I have to do it again I will do it willingly.

Comment from: mother, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 03

My daughter has had leukemia, and as part of a trial she will have her 17th aspiration tomorrow. She has Entonox gas during the bone marrow biopsy procedure with makes her very silly but does help with the pain.

Comment from: Pam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I was diagnosed with low white cell count, neutropenia, after having many full blood count tests. I saw a consultant who said I need to have bone marrow biopsy, I read every forum and tried to find out as much as I could. I was terrified, I asked the consultant if I could be sedated and his reply was, we will try without. Most of what I read, people said they had sedation. The day arrived when I had to have the biopsy, and I was so terrified I was going to walk out. The area, was cleaned I was given local anesthetic to numb the area. The specialist nurse inserted the needle and before I knew it, she said that the fluid had been removed, I was surprised as I didn't feel a thing, and I knew that the next bit might feel painful, as she went for the sample of bone marrow. However I was surprised again, the nurse said I may feel a little pain, like sciatica, and I can honestly say, I did but very slight, nothing as I had expected. The area was dressed with a dressing and then I was told to lie on my back for about 10 or 15 minutes, the nurse then returned and checked again for any bleeding, and all was well. I went home. I thought it may be painful after the anesthetic wore off, but it was fine. So I would say to anyone, try not to worry, it was nothing to what other people seemed to be saying about the test on the forums.

Comment from: Kickingcancersbutt, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had three bone marrow biopsies and aspirations done to confirm a diagnosis of leukemia, see how the first treatment went, and then to confirm remission. They refused to use anything other than local anesthetic the first time, and it was the most painful thing I have ever experienced. The second time they gave me Ativan to keep me calm, but it didn't help at all. The third time they gave both Ativan and morphine, neither of which helped much at all. The morphine did take away the soreness I usually feel after the procedure however, which was a slight perk. I suggest requesting total anesthesia for this procedure, as it is very painful, in my experience, and it is not something you want to be awake for or have memories of.

Comment from: sasha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had my 2nd bone marrow biopsy in less than a year today, and once again was told that they don't put people under for these procedures because they don't take long. Today's biopsy was done by an intern, his first time, and it took way too long, as he was being trained step by step. I had my 8 lb. child with no drugs, I am not usually nervous about surgeries, tests etc. but this hurt both times. The numbing, the removal of the skin and bone was ok, but the marrow removal really hurt both times, and 12 hours later, it's aching badly. If I had been sedated, it would have been much better, so insist on sedation and you'll do fine. My diagnosis is myelodysplastic syndrome so we will see what the second test results are.

Comment from: Eddos, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 17

I had a bone marrow biopsy when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. As it was done 18 years ago I am sure the process has improved. I remember it as the second strongest pain I have ever experienced, the first being a stabbing feeling behind my left clavicle caused by the Hodgkin's. If it was ever necessary for me to have the procedure again then I definitely would. The test is an essential part of the diagnosis and without it I may not have been around to write this review. I was lucky and although the pain was severe, it only lasted as long as the procedure took, which was around a minute, maybe less. For whatever reason you are reading this, I wish you well and good health.

Comment from: Blue, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: October 01

My mother is 91 years old. Her doctor mentioned her blood platelet numbers continue to go down and mom needs to have a bone marrow aspiration. I am reading how painful it is and am absolutely torn in her going through the procedure. I have to see if there is an alternative to this procedure. I want the best for her and overall health. Sadly, she has Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. She is on just one medication for her Alzheimer's. I am deeply saddened as to what to do.

Comment from: Jackie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I had a bone marrow biopsy a month ago and wouldn't do it again. The procedure was in the hematologist's office with local Novocain. It was an uncomfortable procedure but not horrid. However, 30 minutes after I left the office, I began having trouble walking and within an hour, we had to call for an ambulance because of the extreme pain. I ended up in the emergency room and had a CT scan which showed an enormous hematoma on my left hip. I'm not on blood thinners, but had heavy, painful bruising over the next 3 weeks which continued down my leg. My knee and lower leg are still tender and my ankle continues to swell. My health is excellent accept for finding that I have essential thrombocythemia with JAK2 mutation. Seems odd that I would bleed so much with a heavy platelet count, so a vein or artery must have been punctured during the procedure.

Comment from: Noelle0517, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I had a bone marrow biopsy yesterday. After reading the horror stories of pain, I was pretty terrified. The worst part was the numbing shot and that wasn't bad at all. I felt pressure from the biopsy but absolutely no pain. It doesn't take long at all. Eighteen hours later I am sore but it is certainly bearable; feels much like a bad bruise. Perhaps it does depend on the doctor and that plays a factor but hoping to relieve some of the fear from others I experienced prior to this procedure.

Comment from: Angie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I wonder if anyone else has ever experienced severe cramping after a bone marrow biopsy like I did.

Comment from: Lorraine , 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 19

I wonder if you can be put asleep to have a bone marrow biopsy done as my partner has had 2 lots done now, and the latest was 3 weeks ago. The doctor has asked for a third to be taken and my husband who is a very strong man and never complained about any pain just can't handle it again, especially in such a short time.

Comment from: Tracy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had a bone marrow biopsy done last year and only did a localized anesthetic. I should have had them put me down completely. I had to lie on the table for almost an hour with the doctor digging and prodding and twisting the scalpel around inside my bone and it was the most horrendously painful thing I've ever been through including a Cesarean section.

Comment from: Marly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had my bone marrow biopsy today. I had read too much and was very nervous before the procedure. Remember to relax your body, trust your doctor, and breathe. It was uncomfortable at times, but it does not last long at all. I would not like another, but if it is necessary I will do it. Not as bad as a root canal.

Comment from: jlpel55, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I had a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration done yesterday, Apr. 9, 2018. I was sedated and my experience was without pain or any discomfort of any kind. I'm a little sore the day after but nothing that I have to even take a Tylenol for. I was scared to death from the war stories that I had read and reviewed online, even watched YouTube videos. I have an inquiring mind about things, but if in the future I even have to have another, I will not be scared as this was the first time! Good luck to everyone that has to go through this!

Comment from: My Eloma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

A bone marrow biopsy is incredibly painful. However after my first I found three academic papers on the internet that said tramadol reduced the pain. Ninety minutes before the next biopsy (I have had three) I took a tramadol with a paracetamol and there was no pain at all. No driving afterwards and sleep the rest of the day, tramadol is strong! I don't take it for anything else. My doctor now recommends it to patients. There is no need to suffer.

Comment from: Rock528, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am in the US and got my first bone marrow biopsy done at a hospital radiology department. For me, it was a nonevent and I had been incredibly worried. I was under IV medication for pain and anxiety, but was aware of everything going on. The pulling out of blood and then bone sample was uncomfortable and I'd rate it as mild pain. Like a 2. It wasn't anywhere near the pain of labor, I know that! I would do a biopsy, under those circumstances that I had today, every week if I had too, with no trepidation.

Comment from: alicenolan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I foolishly read about bone marrow biopsy after the doctor said he wanted to do it. That was a mistake. Most of what I read left me so terrified that my blood pressure before the procedure was 195! The doctor clearly told me what to expect. As always the lidocaine portion of numbing the area is initially uncomfortable. He explained that when he was ready to withdraw he would count to 3 and wanted me to take deep breaths. He said I would feel discomfort for maybe 10 seconds; that's all it was discomfort. Don't start reading about this procedure beforehand, it was not at all as bad as I anticipated.

Comment from: MDS patient, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I had bone marrow biopsy test done today. Anticipation was much worse than realization. Pain was sharp but only lasted a few seconds. I grunted and yelled ouch and it was over! Piece of cake. Don't sweat it.

Comment from: Martine123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

It seems there's a wide range of pain experiences with regard to a bone marrow aspiration, so here's mine. Last week, I had stem cells (bone marrow) taken from my left hip. My bone marrow extraction procedure was extremely painful! The only positive is that it lasted only about 5 minutes, but I was sweating profusely and horribly nauseated from the pain the entire time. I hope I never have to experience that again, but if I do, I will insist on sedation.

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.

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.

Comment from: tilly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had a bone marrow biopsy a week ago and I can honestly say there was no pain I just felt a little scatch where they numbed my skin and a little pressure where they went in,I then drove to the shops (although I was ADVISED it was better if someone else drove)did my shopping and went home and all I had was a slight pain in my right leg for a couple of days.

Comment from: elisakaren, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had a bone marrow biopsy one week ago due to anemia, high WBC count, and high platelet count. This was an extremely painful medical procedure for me. I still hurt a week later. In hindsight, I should have had a support person with me to walk with me to the lab after procedure, drive me home, etc. I also wish I would have been prepared for the intense amount of pain during and after procedure. I just wanted to share my experience, as I was ill-informed.

Comment from: Marie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I had a bone marrow biopsy done 12 days ago for definitive diagnosis of immune thrombocytopenic purpura. My platelets went down to 4 thousand. I still have a large bruise and pain. The healing is delayed due to low platelets. When I asked if I could drive home by myself I was told yes. Please inform anyone having this procedure that they will need a ride home. This is a very painful procedure.

Comment from: georgia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I had a bone marrow biopsy done today my white blood cells is out of sorts and is quiet high. I had a bone marrow biopsy done five years ago which came back and the doctor told me I have chronic lymphocytic disorder. Right now I am looking at doing chemo to put this disease in remission.

Comment from: sc, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 03

My husband had a bone marrow biopsy for high protein in his blood and anemia. It was quite painful.

Comment from: lupdegrave, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 30

I have a low blood count. White blood cells and red blood cells. There is not enough blood in my body. I had blood work done and was told to go to the hospital where they reran the blood. At the time my kidneys were barely functioning and they were talking about a blood transfusion. They said I was anemic and had high calcium content in my blood. I also have psoriasis, and glaucoma. I am only 42 year old male. No blood disorders in my family. The doctors do not know what I have and just did the bone marrow biopsy because blood results were going backward.

Comment from: Imeldar, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I will be having a bone marrow biopsy done in two weeks due to low and unstable blood platelet count.

Comment from: julie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I have had trouble with my white and red blood cells since I was on and since I have been off methotrexate for my psoriatic psoriasis. I am having a bone marrow biopsy in a couple of weeks to determine what is going on.

Comment from: Marilyn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I had a bone scan and a blood test. The results were that I had very high protein in my blood. So I was sent to the haematology clinic, where they arranged for a bone marrow biopsy. I just have to wait for the results.

Comment from: Sara, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 28

My mother will have a bone marrow biopsy in a couple of weeks, she's 76 years old and diabetic for over 30 years. Only problem is her white cell count is low... Hope and pray she will be fine!!!!

Medically reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology

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