I am usually on a few other boards but now I am finding myself coming here.
I am going to be having a bone marrow test. I will admit I am scared which is out the norm for me as I am the one to support and hold it together for others. I've putting up a brave front with my family but to be honest I am terrified. I have only told a few people in the family about the test as I will be sore for a little while after it is done, I thought they should know why I am hurting.
I have an extremely long and complicated medical history.
What am I going to be in for with the test?
How accurate are bone marrow tests?
Any and All information is much appreciated, feel free to pm me also if you'd like to.
Bone marrow test can include both, biopsy sample and an aspirate of liquid bone marrow, usually from the hip bone.
First, you'll experience a sharp stinging from the anesthetic injection, then the aspirate needle inserted into the bone and the aspirate withdrawal, may cause a sharp pain.
The biopsy needle may also produce a brief pain, usually more dull.
After the test, your hip may ache for a couple of days.
When is your test day and for which condition you are suspected?
I was told about the pain even up to a week I can experience pain they said. I don't heal well, it takes me longer than the "normal" person.
My test is next week as for what condition they are looking for it was quite stated. They have been checking for me a lot of things. I have fatigue, low WBC, weight loss, some mild petechiae going on with my thighs.
That's true. Probably, you'll experience a pain for a week and may need some mild painkillers to take home or your doctor may suggest you to take some paracetamol.
If you want you can prepare yourself before testing by taking some sedative (consult your doctor first) so you can be a bit drowsy and calm.
If you take sedative you'll need to stay at the hospital until it is worn off and also, you'll need someone with you not to go home alone.
However, it's very important to have someone to hold your hand during the procedure.
Sorry I couldn't wright to you earlier.
I'm happy you didn't had such a bad experience with the test.
First about paracetamol. Yes, it has anti inflammatory properties, but, for that purpose is usually used with dosages of additional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
It's a major ingredient of Tylenol.
Usually, it takes time for results to come through, because cells from the bone marrow sample need to be stained with different staining techniques (takes a couple of days) and examined under a microscope.
Have you been performed other tests, too?
I've had a lot of testing done on all parts of my body and I am still getting tested with scans., which I know to many of these tests are no good either due to the radiation involved. I take hydrocodone for pain. I am allergic to a lot of medications including steroids and I can not take non steroidal (N'saids).
If you don't mind me asking do you have a form of cancer?
I'm still sore at the site of the test.
How are you?
Good News and Bad News.
The good news no sign of leukemia, the bad news we are still unsure why my blood counts are so whacked out.
I will be getting more test done and possibly another marrow test down the road.
I'm happy that there wasn't a sign of leukemia, but, I guess waiting for the right answer is a hard time.
Do you already know the date of examinations?
I'm not a cancer sufferer,but, I wanna be here, helpful I hope, for all of them.
Thinking of you!
Writing you a pm back very soon!
I had a bone marrow biopsy. Please don't scare people. It is nothing to fear. The doctor told me that they are now drugging people prior to it so people will relax and they stay still for a better sample. It is painless when they are doing the procedure and a little bit sore afterward - almost like someone hit you on your hip. Hardly anything to fear. Just pray for a good result