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by riggs on Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:00 AM
This morning I had my biopsy done (after a 6 month wait.) I have to say it was worse than I expected. Being unfamiliar with dentists I was wholly unready for the local anesthetic. It didnt hurt that much, but I had been lead to believe it was supposed to stop pain, as opposed to cause it. The anesthetic was rather peaceful actually, in comparison to the aspiration. I had expected the doctor to stick a needle in my neck and some thyroid stuff to be sucked up into the syringe, in the same manner blood tests are performed. Oh, how i was mistaken.
It started off alright. The doctor inserted the needle slowly and steadily, as I could see on the ultrasound screen. In about 2 seconds he started to pull it up and I thought to myself, holy shit this cant be over already.Then he put it back down, then back up. He started to do this very fast. Then to my horror he added a side to side element, eventually doing circles with the needle. After about 40 seconds (I counted in my head,) he pulled the needle out using the same precision he inserted it with. "1 down, 3 to go."
Perhaps im sounding a little morbid. I suppose it wasnt that bad, because I didnt actually feel a thing. However, this process raised a few questions in my head which I was too afraid to ask.
1. Why the need for the stabbing and swirling?
2. What risk is there that the violent nature of the biopsy could cause damage? Like, my thyroid must be shredded now. And if the nodule turns out to be cancerous, could the thrusting not move cancerous cells all over my neck?
3. How can he aim that thing? The nodule is on top of my thyroid. By going so fast and all over the place hes sure to hit the nodule yes, but he would also hit everything else in my neck. Whats stopping this from making the samples illegible?
On a closing note, after the biopsy my neck was extremely swollen. The nurse called the doctor back in and he put pressure on my neck to reduce the swelling. The freezing must have started wearing off by this point because this caused a lot of discomfort. He looked at my neck through the ultrasound and said I would be fine. I stayed in the room another 15 minutes and one of the assistants did another ultrasound, and confirmed the doctors earlier sentiments. Then they told me to sit in the waiting room a half hour, after which i left. Apart from swallowing, stretching my neck etc Im feeling much better. The swelling has gone down alot as well.
by wyogirl on Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:00 AM
by KYPam on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM
I also had the same horrible experience. I told my onc that I would never do that again. The biopsy was inconclusive. If my next PET shows activity, which each one has, then he will assume that it is inconclusive and it will be removed.
That was truly much worse than the bone marrow biopsies that I had. I almost passed out during the procedure. It took about 40 minutes or so. I was praying for it to end.
by Rose_Anne on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM
by wyogirl on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM
by Momma_321 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM
My FNA on my thyroid was pretty fast and painless, or as painless as a needle stick can be.
Then I had a biopsy on a lymph node and that sucker hurt! I also told my doc that I'd rather just get the thing removed then go through that again.
Stupid needles! Stupid cancer!
by andreasa69 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:00 AM
My FNA was done with no anesthesia. Endo put the needle in me 2 times within 5 minutes because the first time didnt produce anything seeing that he hit a calcified part of the nodule. He also did them without an ultrasound. The only "unconfortable" part was him pressing down on my neck during the 2nd attempt to better feel the nodule, almost made me pass out - similar to a choke.
by tink2002 on Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:00 AM
My gosh, I didn't realize how lucky I was....e n t did my aspiration and there was no anesthesia, no ultra sound and no pain....2 quick sticks (a tiny bit of jiggling) and done!
you poor folks!
by brandimarie on Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:00 AM
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