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A 23-year-old member asked:

Does a bone marrow biopsy cause pain?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: A bone marrow biopsy unfortunately can be a painful procedure. It is only performed when the benefits outweigh the risks, however.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: It's going to hurt, badly but not for long, even with local anesthesia.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What should I expect in regards to pain during a bone marrow biopsy?

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Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: Almost certainly they will deaden the area before doing the biopsy unfortunately they cannot deaden the bone so when they penetrate the bone for the biopsy there will be some immediate pain but it should be short and you ought to be able to stand it since you know it is going to happen.
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How long should I experience pain after a bone marrow biopsy?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
A few weeks usually: Normally- you may feel some tenderness for a week or more after your bone marrow exam. Ask your doctor about taking a pain reliever, such as Acetaminophen (tylenol, others). Some people have pain that will last longer. If you are getting more and more pain then have it checked out.
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How long should I be experiencing pain after a bone marrow biopsy?

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Dr. Franklyn Farrell
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It Depends: Everybody is different. You must keep in mind that your body heals as fast as your genes and diet will allow. If you eat unhealthy food, smoke and drink a lot, you may take a long time to heal. If you eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water, you may heal up in record time. Please keep in mind that your doctor can only estimate or ball park this for you, no one can give you an exact time.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long could the pain last after a bone marrow biopsy?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Short term: Should be no more than a few days; and that is on the longer side of the estimate.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is a bone marrow biopsy painful?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Yes and no: Any biopsy will be painful but in the hands of an experienced doctor and proper sedation (local novocaine) it can be a much more tolerable process. Pain killers such as tylenol (acetaminophen) afterwards for 24-58 hours can be a help too.

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