Hi Billie: I had a BMB right in the beginning as the Oncologist thought it was a possible Leukemia from my blood work, then I had to do it every 3 months until I achieved a CCyr, then it was just PCR testing from that point on.
The first BMB was terrible, and after that he did admit I was a tough stick. I started to get sedation with IV Versed, and he put some Demerol into the drip with the Versed. Then it was only the after pain when it all wore off.
My clinical trial was the worst. I would go to the doctors office, and they did it in the office with only Lidocaine. He was a old doctor, and do not think he had the strength to get into the bone. He had to struggle to ge it done, and he had the nerve to tell me I was just high strung because I could not tolerate the pain. He used to knock my back out on me everytime. I started to just bring my rib belt with me to put on after the procedure, because we were in N.Y. We had to go from the doctors office to the hospital to pick up my STI-571 at that time. Then we took a taxi to the train station, and then the long ride home on the train to N.J. Shore. Plus it was winter, and a bad winter that year. They refused to do my BMB over at the hospital under sedation, something to do with the protocol of the Clinical Trial etc. etc.
Everyone is different in how they get it done. I really think it depends on the doctor and his skills also.