Persistent back pain after bone marrow test

Posted by reevesk @reevesk, Jun 16 9:07am

Has anyone experienced persistent back pain Feels like trying to lock up after bone marrow test and chemo? Test was done in nov chemo finished in April. Also Any physical activity such as I was installing laminate in a bedroom and after next day feels like when I try and walk my feet hurt and I can barely move until I get to walking around for a while?

Hi @reevesk and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm bringing fellow members @bocajoes @spooz2 @bradmm @1nan and @gingerw into this discussion.

Reevesk, what type of cancer were you treating? Has the back pain been there since you had the bone marrow biopsy in November or more recently?

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Hodgkin lymphoma

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Pack pain has been there since bone marrow test I just thought it was from the chemo since I have had all kinds of symptoms

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@colleenyoung

Hi @reevesk and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm bringing fellow members @bocajoes @spooz2 @bradmm @1nan and @gingerw into this discussion.

Reevesk, what type of cancer were you treating? Has the back pain been there since you had the bone marrow biopsy in November or more recently?

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Great any info that will help would be great

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Hodgkin lymphoma and been hurting the whole time I thought it was cause of the chemo

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@colleenyoung

Hi @reevesk and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm bringing fellow members @bocajoes @spooz2 @bradmm @1nan and @gingerw into this discussion.

Reevesk, what type of cancer were you treating? Has the back pain been there since you had the bone marrow biopsy in November or more recently?

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Hodgkin lymphoma had the symptoms the whole time thought it was because of the chemo

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@colleenyoung

Hi @reevesk and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm bringing fellow members @bocajoes @spooz2 @bradmm @1nan and @gingerw into this discussion.

Reevesk, what type of cancer were you treating? Has the back pain been there since you had the bone marrow biopsy in November or more recently?

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@reevesk Welcome to Mayo Connect. Bone marrow biopsies are no picnic, for sure! I had one October 2018, and another October 2019, by two different doctors, one in each hip. I would check with your oncologist and let them know of the pain. Sometimes the lymph nodes of the lower back are swollen and affect nerves in the spine. Your medical team will hopefully be able to give you some answers.

Will you let us know what they say? @colleenyoung and I and others, would like to know!
Ginger

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My wife started experiencing back pain yesterday but we assumes she slept funny or something. Is this a symptom of the transplant?

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@bradmm

My wife started experiencing back pain yesterday but we assumes she slept funny or something. Is this a symptom of the transplant?

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Brad, your wife just had her transplant so there will be many changes happening. My BMT team at Mayo wanted to know ANY and all changes in my health big or small: aches, pains, fevers, etc… We’d joke about my getting a hangnail. So my recommendation, instead of guessing or letting this new symptom plague your anxiety in this uncertain time, call your wife’s BMT team! They are your go-to source for answers to any questions you might have…and peace of mind.
Feel free to private message me any time. I had posted a response to your first question a few weeks ago about surviving a bone marrow transplant for AML. I’m coming up on my one year anniversary the end of this month. It’s a wild journey but so worth the effort! All the best to your wife!

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loribmt, she's still in the hospital so they all know about her back pain. I was just wondering if this is a common side effect. Thanks!

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BTW, she's had many bone marrow biopsies and aspirations but, when done at MD Anderson, it was very easy. No meds before or after and no problem. The one or two she had done at places who don't do them as frequently, she had more problems. We think her back pain is probably due to the Granix they are giving her to help with her transplant grafting, it's a common side effect.

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Here's her doctor's reply:
"I suspect the G-CSF she is getting to stimulate wbc growth is the culprit much like what her son/donor experienced when he received G-CSF as part of the donation. The marrow is hopefully expanding likely at a more than normal pace though her bone cannot expand with is as it is a solid, rigid structure; hence the marrow inside expanding causes pressure and the pain."

The donor was our son and he experienced pain in his leg as the prepared him for the transplant. I wasn't aware at the time that they were stimulating his cell growth, also, which is why he had to be at the hospital the 5 days preceding the procedure.

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