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How can I relieve pain after a bone marrow biopsy?

You may have some tenderness around the site of your bone marrow biopsy (a procedure that uses a special needle to get a sample of bone and bone marrow for testing) for 12 to 48 hours. To help with the pain:
  • Apply ice to the site as needed for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for comfort.
  • You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain.
  • Do not take any medication that contains aspirin or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) for 48 hours.

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