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Pain after bmb

Has anyone else had pain after their bone marrow biopsy, I had mine a week ago & today started pain all around it, the actual wound is fine, healing well, but the bone is sore & feels swollen, pain feels like it's inside & spreading round my waist, hip, lower back & bum, but only on that side, is this normal? From what I've read, there is not much pain afterwards? Getting worried

Thankyou for any advice


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Hi Melanie,

I had a BMB just over a month ago which went really well, but about a week after it I had what felt like sciatica type, gnawing pain in my hip, waist and lower back, I thought maybe it was infected inside but thought I'd see how it goes.

It lasted another week then suddenly just went away.

I'm still unsure if it was anything to do with the BMB but what you've described does sound similar to my experience.

I did tell the nurse that did my last Venesection, and she said it was more than likely deep bruising.

Keep an eye on it and if it goes on for too much long, ask your doctor.

Hope it goes away quickly and you feel better soon.

Jacqui 🤗


Hi Melanie,

I had a BMB in February and had a dull ache in the area for a few weeks afterwards. It felt as if I had a bruise but there was nothing to see. The sensation gradually lessened and then disappeared. Hope that helps.




Hi Melanie, I had a BMB a month ago on the 4/4/17and yes I too had a very sore patch and surround for a good while afterwards. I guess it is expected due to the fact they drill a hole in your bones, if you feel worried I think the best thing is to got see your GP and let them decide. Especially if you are running a fever, hope you are feeling better soon.June


My first BMB ten years ago gave me a lot of pain for about a month, but it eventually went away. It's from bruising and takes time to heal. However I had another BMB a few weeks ago and have had no pain at all. maybe it depends on the adeptness of the operative. Good luck Melanie, hope it clears up soon.


Thankyou, for your replies it's good to know you've had the same reactions

Will see how it goes & hopefuly goes away soon, I've got a physical job & had long days so that probably didn't help

Thankyou all



Yes as others found I had BMB 10 years ago and although I tolerated it fine after I had a lot of pain quite severe in the area and it did get worse a week or so after - lasted some time too but again as others went in due course - and it is from the bruising etc as I was told it is quite an invasive procedure. Hope it eases soon for you maybe a warm hot watee bottle on the area help a little I seem to remember using that. As with all things if it worries you at any point check with your doc/ consultant.


I too had a lot of pain the first time some 13 years ago. It was like sciatica and lasted a long time. I had another one done recently and I was in pain and was very stiff for two weeks especially getting up and down from sitting. I think it was the muscles and tissues in a sort of spasm from the disturbance to the area. I found the best thing to do was keep moving, walking and avoiding sitting - this appeared to make the area more flexible and supple reducing the pain and discomfort. After two weeks I was much better and practically back to normal.

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Hello Melanie. My name is sally, and I am due to see my heamotoligist in just over a week for results of gene tests. I am jak2 negative with high platelet count of 544 at last appointment. I'm expecting to be told I need a BMW, and dreading it! This is all new to me and I'm just getting used to the fact that I have ET. Hope you feel better soon. Best wishes, Sally.


Hi Sally

Thanks for your message, I think I had a bad experience with my bone marrow biopsy & from reading other people’s accounts, that is not usually the case!

So please don’t worry if you do have to have one, make sure you’re as relaxed as you can be

I was nearly 3 hours waiting to go in, then the gas & air didn’t work (wasn’t turned on) & the doctor had no assistance so she was stressed too, this all made it worse for me but I know lots of people who’ve had no problems at all

How are you feeling generally, do you have any symptoms? Is that how you found out?

Take care & good luck next week



Hi Sally. I remember years ago, I was visiting an older couple, and he had just had a bone marrow biopsy, and he said it was the most pain he had ever experienced in his life. So when I was told I needed one a few months ago, I was really dreading it. Procedures must have drastically improved in the last 30 years, because mine was virtually pain-free. There was some aching in the area for a few days after, but as I said, it was virtually pain-free.

My platelets have come down from 1700 to 742, so there's still a ways to go.

On a side note, I would recommend taking it easy for a couple days after the procedure. I didn't, and was back bouncing around in the tractor the next day, which was a mistake. When I got home from being out in the field, I had a dark purple / black bruise about 10" x 6" where the BMB was. It did go away after a few days, but was kind of ugly looking.

I too was very concerned about the BMB, and was actually joking with the hematologist afterwards, about how pain-free the procedure was.

Yours will be the same.


Thank you Jerry. My mind is much more at rest now! I'm a coward at the dentist too! Will post back when it's all done and tell you my opinion! Love and best wishes to you, Sally.


No, no real symptoms, just a doctor at my surgery who looked over my notes from 2011 to now, and noticed that platelet levels were rising gradually, and decided he waaneeds to get to the bottom of it. He sent my details to hospital, then I got an appointment to see heamotoligist. Now I'm awaiting CALR gene results, and another one. So frustrating waiting for answers. I see him again on 19th of this month. Can't wait to get there now for some clarification! Thank you for your reply. This website is amazingly helpful. Love Sally. X


I was in pain for 2 weeks and it took 3/4 for the swelling and bruising to go. I had two holes in my hip. She how you go and go to the doctors to see if you have an infection.

Hope you feel well soon. X


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