As my health is declining, I got into see an oncologist who suggested that a bone marrow biopsy be done within the next month. The results came back from the skin biopsy done by the dermatologist came back the day I had my consultation with the oncologist and the bone marrow biopsy was set up for the next week. Stat labs were done and almost every single one came back abnormal. I am terrified, but I'm trying to remind myself that I don't know exactly what to be scared about, so I just need to take each day at a time.
I want to write this post because I had no idea what to expect from a bone marrow biopsy.
Personally, I got scheduled at an outpatient surgery center next to a hospital, mainly because of my current allergies. My oncologist had told me that sometimes he could perform the procedure in his office.
You have to be at the hospital an hour and a half before the planned procedure because bloodwork has to be done prior. They check your blood cell count, platelets and such. I, unfortunately, had started my period the day before, so a pregnancy test wasn't too necessary for myself.
I had to arrange transportation for pick up, so my mom came to town. We were under the assumption that I would be sedated. While others can have this done and be put under "twilight", I wasn't able to do so. I had started to react to some unknown thing as my chest began to break out. I wasn't feeling nervous and my blood pressure was normal, so they weren't worried about me being anxious. I was given the smallest amount of lidocaine and that was it. The lidocaine does burn but instantly makes you numb.
You have to lay on your stomach and you're put under a CT scan. They mark where they need to make the incision and use the computer to guide, rather than go in blindly. They go in on your right iliac crest - the hip bone, right above your butt. I had a gown on with my sports bra and underwear. I was also so happy that I was on my stomach and couldn't see anything that they were doing.
When the provider taps on your bone, you feel it. It is the weirdest fucking feeling I have ever felt. It wasn't painful, but it was a shit ton of pressure. There's also a drill he used and it sounds like a dentist, but it was just for a few seconds.
The doctor told me that about 30% (I don't know if that's a real statistic or something he made up) felt the bone marrow be removed. I was part of that and the amount of pressure started to hurt. It lasts about 10-15 seconds, and thank goodness he counted down for me because that made me feel so much better. I felt the pressure come down from my hip to my knee. I wouldn't do it again, ever.
Afterwards, I was just fine. I had a small reaction still on my chest so I had to stay for about an hour afterwards. I napped when I got home and was pretty drained as the day went on. Of course, the pain got worse as it does. My oncologist did tell me before that it feels like you were kicked by a horse on your hip and he wasn't a liar.
I would really love to shower, especially because I was in the hospital and that makes me feel gross, but you have to wait 24 hours to do that. I have a gauze like bandage on the back of my hip that is starting to itch, but nothing crazy.
My biggest advice for this is to make sure you wear loose clothing. I wore lounge shorts, a sports bra and a sweater. The shorts were the best idea because you definitely don't want something tight on the incision. Get ice packs ready for your hip too, it helps. Also, don't watch videos of it the night before like my mom and I did. I was ready to cancel everything and throw up at the same time.
Results should be back in 3-5 business days, but could take up to 10 business days.