Oncology Questions? Ask an Oncologist for Answers ASAP
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A bone marrow biopsy can be painful, but it is usually more because of pain receptors in the bone and the covering of the bone, rather than the bone marrow.
When a bone marrow biopsy is done, we typically use a local anesthetic to prevent the pain associated with the biopsy, so most people that undergo a bone marrow biopsy will say that it was not that painful.
In your case, it may have been more painful because your doctor did not use a local anesthetic or because there re times when a local anesthetic simply does not work. Local anesthetics are quite good, but there is no medicine that works 100% of the time.
If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.