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Bone marrow aspiration!!!???

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  • Posted By: samoht
  • May 8, 2007
  • 11:25 AM

I would welcome any advice. About a year ago, I had a serious fall and head injury, lesion discovered which was said to be a mucoseal...saw an ear, nose, throat...no big deal. After that, noticed swollen lymph nodes...put on antibiotics, blood work...nothing helped. They removed one lymph node...all tests clear. Began night time low grade fevers and night sweats, weight loss. Saw hemotologist, he found nothing. Saw infectious disease guy...he found nothing. Symptomos disappeared for 2 months...now all back PLUS body aches like the flu and exhaustion...I've gone from a very active full time work lifestyle to couch potato and I hate it.
Hemotologist repeated blood work...all good. He wants to do a bone marrow aspiration and new CT on new lymph node swellings this week, but he says the chances it will offer any new info is one in one hundred! He says I have all the classic signs for lymphoma, but symptoms of advanced stage or very aggressive, but I don't look that sick. WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN? Do I need new a new doctor or a visit to a shrink???

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  • make sure you get proper pain control for this aspiration.topical sprays and local anaesthesia are not repeat not adequate.insist.they are going to drill into bone,probably your sternum or the point of hip.try pressing ******n each with your fingertip.see?now what do you think a drill bit will feel like?you have been warned.
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  • hi,i think a new doctor would be best,yes. just in case he knows nothing, ask for you blood results in writing... and research into whether they are in fact normal or not.i am aware of many people who have been told their results are normal only to find out most of them are either right on the border, which could indicate a start of something...or they were far from normal...worth looking into...can't rely on these so called doctors..good luck
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  • again try looking up mastocytosis .... it effects lymphnodes not sure it will help but it's often over lookedgood luck
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  • Now that I've had the proceedure, I must ask...are you writing from experience? I'm sending my hemotologist a little sign to post in front of the exam table where patients are positioned for a BMA...and this is what it will read: THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE AS BAD AS YOU THINK! Sure, it wasn't exactly pleasant, but it was by no means as traumatic or severely painful as your email implied. It's just something to get through, get overwith and move on toward healing. Thank you for your input though...and I'm sorry if you had a bad experience. Be it the doctor, pain tolerance or the grace of God...mine seemed to be much more tolerable. quote=Unregistered;42842]make sure you get proper pain control for this aspiration.topical sprays and local anaesthesia are not repeat not adequate.insist.they are going to drill into bone,probably your sternum or the point of hip.try pressing ******n each with your fingertip.see?now what do you think a drill bit will feel like?you have been warned.
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  • I as well found the pain of a bone marrow Aspirate to be horrible. I am in canada and they just freeze the skin surface before starting....no internal pain relief. I found it to be extremely bad. Good that yours was tolerable. But, you would find that most absolutely hate it due to the amount of pain involved
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    • February 4, 2010
    • 04:20 AM
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