Bone marrow biopsy
July 11, 2018 at 4:35 pm #36828
I thought I’d post my honest experience about my 1st bone marrow biopsy for those of you that are waiting to have one and are as terrified as I was about it.
I’d read so many posts and the experiences varied greatly so I’m guessing many factors play into each individual experience.
I was not offered the option for conscious sedation but was offered anti anxiety medicine taken an hour before. My Dr. explained to me the appointment is an hour long but the majority of it is the prepping with the numbing medicine and the watching you after the test for a half an hour for any bleeding. The actual aspiration and biopsy part is only 10 minutes. This was true for my case.
The prepping injection of lidocaine wasn’t bad…1st injection hurt the worst. The others were just pinches. It didn’t take long to get numb and the aspiration and extraction began right away. I was quite relaxed from the anxiety med I took which I believe was a big help in keeping my heart rate and fear at a minimum however – I will be honest – the actual aspiration and extraction is quite painful – yes a screaming type painful but, with that said, it was quite quick and manageable – at least for me. And, I really believe the anxiety medicine helped me through the pain a lot keeping me in a much calmer state through the worst part.
I understand why they don’t want to put you out now. That 5-10 minutes of pain to me isn’t worth the extra hour it takes to come out of anesthesia and how anesthesia can make you feel the rest of the day.
Exactly an hour after I got there I was on my way home.
For approximately an hour after the test I had some soreness from my butt cheek on down my leg. Ibuprofen relieved that. A bit sore to bend over but I can say it wasn’t as horrifying as I had imagined or worried about. If I had to ever do it again – I could do it again without conscious sedation.
I hope this helps anyone that is as afraid as I was about having this procedure.
July 19, 2018 at 2:57 am #36921
- This topic was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by Pam Tumpane.
I respect you and thank you for sharing your experience here. This will help everyone who is scared of it. We have to be positive and ready to face any discomfort that you could feel. Cool!July 20, 2018 at 9:14 am #36926
I was terrified but it ended up being not bad at all. My doctor performed the procedure in his office and I found the pain not much worse than getting a tattoo. Afterward. I drove home and went on with a regular day.July 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm #36928
Everyone is different. I have had both. I much prefer conscious sedation. My last was just a few weeks ago. The nurse was so great with controlling the meds. There was literally no after effect. I felt clear headed in just a couple minutes. It was great. No discomfort at all other than the pinch from the first lidocaine stick.
My prior experience with the awake MBM was painful and unpleasant all around. Not doing that again.
Register for an account, or login to post to our message boards. Click here.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.