Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration

It was everything I thought it would be and more. It wasn’t very painful but I couldn’t get my mind off the fact that they were driving a big hollow needle into my back (or more precisely, my pelvic bone).

They had me lie on my side in a fetal position, then gave me a local anesthetic. Then they said I’d feel some pressure, but not much pain. They were right on the pain part… but a little pressure? Imagine laying on a table on your side and being pushed across it at the end of a needle. That sums up the joy of a bone marrow biopsy.

It didn’t hurt much, but my nerves were so shot I thought I was going to lose my breakfast. Now it’s over, and it still doesn’t hurt much… just a mild ache when I sit or stand too long. But my mind is still having trouble recovering. I still can’t quite get over the fact that there’s a narrow, 3/4 inch hole in my pelvis.

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