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Old 01-10-2008, 07:32 PM
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How painful is uterine biopsy? (Maybe TMI)

Due to a bunch of issues I've been dealing with lately, it looks like I'm going to end up getting a hysterectomy next month. I'm cool with this. I've got all the kids I want, and I'm 46, and frankly, the idea of not having to deal with periods any more is quite appealing!

But before she'll do the hysterectomy, my OB/GYN has scheduled me for a uterine biopsy. She does it right in her office, no anesthesia (I think). She did tell me I can take two Darvocet the morning of the procedure.

When I told her I've heard it's very painful, she said "Oh, it's not that bad", but I'd really like to be prepared. So, Doper girls, if you've had one, please share your experience with me.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:22 PM
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Well, it was an extremely, extremely uncomfortable experience. So much that I started bawling uncontrollably. It's not that I felt sharp pain or stabbing, just a highly very strongly uncomfortable sensation. I'm sure my mental state at the time didn't help things. And my cervix would not dilate and it was very distressing having the instrument put up there. The doctor kept saying she'd never had anyone be this uncomfortable for it, and it took well over an hour because of the cervix. I did not take anything for it that I remember though. And I have not had children so maybe that makes a difference. It was mainly the cervix part that I did not do well with. I can't even remember the uterus part.

But everyone is different. I think Darvocet would help. How about some Valium? I don't know if those can be taken together; I'm just thinking out loud.

I really think my extreme anxiety over it caused a lot of my unpleasant experience. And that damn mini cervix.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:35 PM
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I had one unexpectedly this Tuesday. It happened so fast that I didn't know it was happening till it was happening and I am grateful for that, as I had no time for panic!

I was in the stirrups and she'd done a pap smear, then she said that due to my uterus being swollen and a wierd discharge coming out, she'd have to do a uterine biopsy.

As she said it, the kit was in her hand, and she gave me no time to object (well, I could have told her to stop but it had to be done!) I had a moment of absolute fear because I have also heard how painful it is, and then she did it.

Mine was that slim plastic tube thing they stuff up and then withdraw a plunger to pull out cells. That is the smallest and least invasive I found out afterwards. Some clinics have a vaccum extractor that is more painful, and if a bigger sample is needed then you need more pain relief but it sounds like you won't get that as you've been told to take pain relievers before you come.

To be absolutely honest, while it was happening, I couldn't really tell what was going on - there was rummaging but not hard, and it felt a bit weird but only a bit more than a pap smear. I was frightened because I my cervix has never opened - both my kids were born by cesarean so it's all tight and virginal down there!

Right after she withdrew the tube, the cramping began, but not too bad. She said "It hurts, doesn't it?" and when I agreed she offered me a suppository of some painkiller/anti cramping thing. I got the name but I'm in Japan and it's Japanese so I couldn't find it in Engish. It was called Fentaren - not sure of the spelling and I guess it was something fairly strong as I got quite sleepy. The cramps built like the onset of a period, but by the time I was feeling like I might want to lie down with a hot water bottle, the suppository kicked in and the feeling went way down to just grumbly.

I did come home and go to bed, but it was more due to that moment of sheer, pouring sweat panic that I had when she said she'd do it, and for the worry that I might have cancer (many of my symptoms point to it but my demographic is off so who knows??). I slept for a couple of hours just to escape, and then woke up feeling perfectly fine, physically.

I think that it is going to be the waiting that will be the worst thing - the nurse told me to relax really well and if I felt resistance or pain (I didn't really) to pant like in childbirth. So that might help...

Good luck! It needs to be done. Grit your teeth and think of England (or something!)

Let us know how it went, won't you?
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:38 PM
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I got a hysterectomy BECAUSE the alternative was having a uterine biopsy every 6 months. Sorry if this makes you anxious, but I found it to be extremely painful. Like flaming blue lightening painful. The only good thing is it doesn't take very long. Ask your doctor if she's ever had one. If she hasn't then she doesn't know what she's talking about. I mean, I didn't shriek or anything, but then I don't shriek easily. I'd rather deliver a baby than have had another one of those.
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Personally, if I ever had to have one again, I'd take at least 10mg of Valium. Probably more.

I remember I cried the whole way home, on the T, from stress and the cramping. I don't remember if she gave me pain meds right afterward but she probably did seeing the state I was in. If possible, get someone to pick you up.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:31 PM
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The doc *tried* to do one on me, once. My cervix said "nuh-UH!!!!". I remember feeling extremely lightheaded afterwards.

The doc needed to do a D&C and hysteroscopy anyway, so she did the biopsy then (that process was done under sedation at the hospital).
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Well, thank you all for sharing your experiences!

missbunny, she didn't say anything about Valium, but I am in possession of some Xanax, and am planning on taking some of that with my Darvocet. She asked if I'd had any of my children vaginally, and I said no, so I wonder if she was wondering if getting me dilated is going to be an issue?

As for having someone pick me up, we scheduled it for a day my hubby can go with me. He'll be with me the whole time, and I'll have his hand to squeeze during it.

Hokkaido Brit, your post makes me feel somewhat more reassured. I think I will call her office and ask if they use that kind of extraction you had. If they do, I'll breathe a little easier. Her office does seem to have a lot of the "latest and greatest" technology kind of stuff.

MLS, that does make me a little anxious, but, I do have Xanax to deal with that anxiety. Also, since I'm definitely getting a hysterectomy, I'll only ever have to do this once. In addition to that, I've dealt with seriously painful things before, and I can do it again. But I need to know what it is I'm preparing to deal with!

Mama Zappa, she was talking about doing a D&C and hysterescopy as an alternative to a hysterectomy, and said that if we had done that, she'd have done the biopsy at the same time. But since we've decided to go with the hysterectomy, we'll do the biopsy as an in-office procedure.
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I was frightened because I my cervix has never opened - both my kids were born by cesarean so it's all tight and virginal down there!

And you became the envy of all the vag delivery women and their husbands out there, everywhere.
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I did come home and go to bed, but it was more due to that moment of sheer, pouring sweat panic that I had when she said she'd do it, and for the worry that I might have cancer (many of my symptoms point to it but my demographic is off so who knows??). I slept for a couple of hours just to escape, and then woke up feeling perfectly fine, physically.
Oh, yeah, there's the other thing: I can't plan on going home to bed afterwards. I have my uterine biopsy at 10AM, then an appt. for my iron infusion at 11AM. I'm anemic right now (probably from bleeding so damned much, which is one of the "issues" I'm having to begin with), and my doc says she can't even think about surgery on me until we get my blood count up again. So I have a series of six iron infusions coming up.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:38 AM
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And you became the envy of all the vag delivery women and their husbands out there, everywhere.
Ha!

I was very smug the night we first did it after the surgery. No change down there I thought, and no cuts or stitches to worry about. OMG it HURT LIKE HELL.

(Soon got better though!)
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:39 AM
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Oh, yeah, there's the other thing: I can't plan on going home to bed afterwards. I have my uterine biopsy at 10AM, then an appt. for my iron infusion at 11AM. I'm anemic right now (probably from bleeding so damned much, which is one of the "issues" I'm having to begin with), and my doc says she can't even think about surgery on me until we get my blood count up again. So I have a series of six iron infusions coming up.
Ask the clinic if there's anywhere you can lie down for a while - that will help. It should reduce to grumbly period pain type stuff within an hour.

I should have said this right up front - I have been having these symptoms for probably a year now and have only just got my arse into gear about getting them checked out. Up till the past few days there has been little or no pain so I didn't feel worried. Also I haven't had a gyno check of any kind for four years.

Now I am left with a lot of symptoms of endometrial cancer and a ten day to two week wait for the results. I am so miserable and the worst is that a lot of the worry is self-inflicted.

PLEASE PLEASE go and get the checks - icky they are but you don't want to feel like I am feeling right now.

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Old 01-11-2008, 07:36 AM
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Now I am left with a lot of symptoms of endometrial cancer and a ten day to two week wait for the results. I am so miserable and the worst is that a lot of the worry is self-inflicted.
Oh, that waiting really is horrible, isn't it? Big hugs to you!!

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PLEASE PLEASE go and get the checks - icky they are but you don't want to feel like I am feeling right now.
Believe me, I'm going! In the past week, I've had two full pelvic exams, a pap smear, a pelvic ultrasound and a trans-vaginal ultrasound. And on the 21st, I'll have the biopsy.

I've been doing some reading online (I wonder if docs hate the internet?), and apparently, some docs advise no sex for a few days after the procedure. Well, I'm having mine on a Monday, then Tuesday morning, hubby will leave for work, and he works out of town and won't be back until the following Friday night. So, all I need to do is cancel my dates with my boy-toys for the week. . .
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Actually, now I'm curious: if you're going to have the hysterectomy anyway, why bother with the biopsy? Would they not be able to look things over after the surgery when your uterus is in a Zip-loc and you're on Good Drugs anyway? I imagine there's some good reason for doing the biopsy separately, I just don't know what it is.
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:06 AM
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...but I am in possession of some Xanax, and am planning on taking some of that with my Darvocet...
Obligatory warning: make sure (check with pharmacist and/or doc) that it's OK to do this combo of meds. I've never had Xanax but presumably both of them might make you loopy and the two close together might be too much.

If the medical folks say that's OK, then by all means take all the happy pills you can get. When it comes to medical stuff, I'm a biiiiiig fan of Better Living Through Chemistry!
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:31 AM
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Actually, now I'm curious: if you're going to have the hysterectomy anyway, why bother with the biopsy? Would they not be able to look things over after the surgery when your uterus is in a Zip-loc and you're on Good Drugs anyway? I imagine there's some good reason for doing the biopsy separately, I just don't know what it is.
Well, I wondered that myself. But my OB/GYN says that she doesn't want to open me up and find a "surprise" cancer. She wants to know ahead of time if we have cancerous cells (I don't think there are, but she's the cautious type). I guess I can understand that.

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Obligatory warning: make sure (check with pharmacist and/or doc) that it's OK to do this combo of meds. I've never had Xanax but presumably both of them might make you loopy and the two close together might be too much.
I've used them together before, prior to other surgical-type procedures. With the knowledge and consent of my doc. So it's fine. Yes, I'll be loopy. But my hubby is driving, and the doc told me to take a double-dose of the Darvocet, so obviously she doesn't have a problem with excessive loopiness either. (As an aside, I remember receiving instructions from my weight loss surgeon when I was going to have my staples and drain removed; he told me to take a maximum dose of pain meds before I left my house-it's about a two hour drive to his office- then another dose an hour before the appt. I told him that would exceed the maximum dosage on the label, and he looked at me and smiled and said "I'm the doctor, not you; I tell you what to do, you don't tell me!")

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I wonder how much a uterus weighs.

My mom had a hysterectomy. Her uterus was chock full of fibroid cysts so they backed out of the vaginal removal and had to cut her open. Super! I sure hope they can do it vaginally to you.

Which is a super weird sentence to type.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:54 AM
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I wonder how much a uterus weighs.
I already wondered that myself! Hubby and I have decided that, between this and the WLS, once I get my tummy tucked, I could have something like a 12" waist, because there won't be anything else taking up space in there.

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My mom had a hysterectomy. Her uterus was chock full of fibroid cysts so they backed out of the vaginal removal and had to cut her open. Super! I sure hope they can do it vaginally to you.
The doc and I haven't discussed this, but I suspect I'll have to be open. I have lots and lots of uterine scarring from delivering three children via C-section, so there are lots of adhesions to work around. Easier to do that if I am open. The other thing that makes me believe she's planning on doing it open is that she told me to plan to take at least 6 weeks off work. Fortunately, that's not a problem, since I don't work outside the home, and the money we make off my little ebay business is "gravy" anyway. Also, thanks to the fact that hubby works for the feds, he is allowed to use his sick time to take time off to stay home and help me. He won't need to use up his vacation time. But of course, I have EtherealFreakOfPinkness, who is 16, to help me. Even mudgirl is eight now, so doesn't need intensive one-on-one care.

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Which is a super weird sentence to type.
Yeah. Maybe I'll get a T-shirt to wear to the hospital that reads "Do me vaginally".
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:02 AM
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Its quick, but painful. Plan on having someone drive you home. The pain goes away fairy quickly (i.e. I had maybe eight or ten hours of the worst cramps ever). I'm really not sure why they don't drug you up better than they do for these. That and some other work I had done left me with the mantra "don't let anyone stick anything in your uterus" and a firm believe I'm a really bad candidate for an IUD.
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Is a uterine biopsy the same as an endometrial biopsy? Because I'm having one of those next month and I was planning on going by myself. If I'm going to be miserable after, I'll want my husband to drive me home.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:18 AM
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Yes, it's the same.

I was on my own and ended up feeling yukky on the train. It would have been nice to have had a friend with me. (In Japan the men don't go with the women for such things, and in most cases the women don't want the men there anyway. In my clinic the other day there was not a single willy in the building! There will be when I get my results, or it might just get chopped off!!!!)
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:18 AM
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Is a uterine biopsy the same as an endometrial biopsy?
Yes, I believe it's one and the same. So definitely plan on having someone to drive you home! In my case, instead of driving me right home, my hubby will take me down to the outpatient surgery clinic (right downstairs from my doctor's office) where I will have an IV iron transfusion. But I can sit in a recliner and relax while they're doing that. I'll be taking extra pain medication with me in case the morning's dose wears off while I'm getting the transfusion.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:20 AM
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Simulpost! Never done that before!

And to make this worthwhile - I still have heaviness and crampy feelings on Friday night, so three full days later. Still not bad enough for a painkiller though.
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Like just about any medical procedure (or maybe just about anything?), this is going to vary a lot from person to person. Try not to go in there thinking it will be horrible. It always seems to me that the people most likely to recount their experiences in situations like this are -- for perfectly understandable reasons -- people who had an unusually difficult time. I had a whole bunch of uterine biopsies a few years ago. They were definitely painful/uncomfortable, but not unbearable and brief enough that it just didn't matter. I took a couple of advil beforehand, didn't really have any cramping or anything unpleasant afterwards. When it was over, it was over. If I had to have another one today, I really wouldn't think anything of it.

Obviously, you can't know what it will be like for you until you have it. But the odds that it will be really awful are quite slim, and a relaxed state of mind can only help. So maybe the valium or Xanax is a good idea after all, if you are really worried about this.

AuntiePam -- yes, uterine and endometrial biopsy are the same thing.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:22 AM
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Its quick, but painful. Plan on having someone drive you home. The pain goes away fairy quickly (i.e. I had maybe eight or ten hours of the worst cramps ever).
I'll use as much of my pain medication as I need. I'm a wimp! I'll make my hubby cook dinner that night, too.


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I'm really not sure why they don't drug you up better than they do for these.
I often wonder about this myself. I remember years ago when my mom had a spinal tap done, and she'd asked about the pain (we had heard it hurts a lot). I asked her doctor why they don't use some sort of anesthesia, and he said "because it's just not that painful", so I asked how he knew it wasn't that painful, and he said "Because if it was, they'd anesthetize you"
Circular logic, much?

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That and some other work I had done left me with the mantra "don't let anyone stick anything in your uterus" and a firm believe I'm a really bad candidate for an IUD.
They can stick anything they want in my uterus once it's out of my body!
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:49 AM
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Like just about any medical procedure (or maybe just about anything?), this is going to vary a lot from person to person. Try not to go in there thinking it will be horrible. It always seems to me that the people most likely to recount their experiences in situations like this are -- for perfectly understandable reasons -- people who had an unusually difficult time. I had a whole bunch of uterine biopsies a few years ago. They were definitely painful/uncomfortable, but not unbearable and brief enough that it just didn't matter. I took a couple of advil beforehand, didn't really have any cramping or anything unpleasant afterwards. When it was over, it was over. If I had to have another one today, I really wouldn't think anything of it.

Obviously, you can't know what it will be like for you until you have it. But the odds that it will be really awful are quite slim, and a relaxed state of mind can only help. So maybe the valium or Xanax is a good idea after all, if you are really worried about this.
This is excellent advice. Thank you.

I know when I had to have a blood gas test a couple of years ago, I remember my mom talking about how horrible they were, and I got myself so worked up over it that I had to ask my doctor for some Ativan to take beforehand. It did hurt, but it just wasn't all that bad.
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Oooh, too bad if they can't do you vaginally. I had mine that way and had almost no pain, and was back at work in two weeks!
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Girl, take the drugs.
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Girl, take the drugs.
Oh, you bet I will! As many as I feel I possibly can without crossing the line between "well-sedated" and "unconscious"!

I've actually put it in perspective, though, after reading this morning about a friend's husband's prostate biopsy. He said they took about ten samples, and every one felt like a bee sting!!

My biggest concern is that my biopsy will be particularly difficult because I've never delivered a baby vaginally, which means my cervix has never been fully dilated. The furthest I've ever gotten is 3CM, and it doesn't seem like that's enough to help in this case.
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This is one of those things that varies entirely between people. My mother, who has dealt with 4 c-sections with only paracetamol (acetominophen) and has had root canals without anaesthetic because she doesn't like feeling numb, found this procedure so horrible she was unable to drive herself home and then vomited all over my dad's car.

I've performed this procedure on a patient who refused analgesia, didn't want to lie down afterward and left the clinic chatting to her friend on her phone.

Most people are somewhere in the middle, and the most common thing people say is "that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be", but that's probably because I'd offer them painkillers before I've even discussed what the procedure involves!

It's easier for you and the operator if you have an easy to find cervix, have had a few vaginal deliveries, are in the luteal phase of a cycle or menstruating and have a high pain threshhold, but everyone is different.


The equipment used is usually a Pipelle sampler. Here is some info about the procedure.

The Pipelle sampler itself is a thin tube about the diameter of a matchstick but long, like a drinking straw. It has holes at the top and a thin stick up the middle. The sampler is passed through the cervix and the stick is pulled down to create a vacuum in the sampler. The sampler is then gently moved against the sides of the uterus as it is removed, in order to suck some of the tissue into the tube.

If you can't tolerate it, the procedure will be abandoned. Most women are OK with some OTC painkillers, a glass of water and 10 minutes to sit down afterwards.
Most women are able to drive themselves home (but if you're taking Xanax and Darvocet, bettter not), I'm sure many don't want to.

The Pipelle sampler is smaller in diameter than the introducer for an IUD and is supposed to be similar in terms of discomfort to having an IUD inserted or removed.

Having said that, I can't comment on the experience personally, just on procedures I've performed and patients I've seen.

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Irishgirl, I appreciate your input. I doubt I'll be menstruating at the time of the procedure, because I'm just finishing a period now, plus my GYN just started me on progesterone (just until my hysterectomy).

I definitely wouldn't drive myself home after taking the Darvocet and Xanax. I have a pretty high tolerance for narcotics (years and years of kidney stones, don'tchaknow), but I don't drive when I'm under the influence of them. But hubby going with me is no problem at all. He's off that day anyway. And like I said upthread, I have to go to outpatient surgery right afterwards for an iron transfusion, so I can rest and relax during that. I've already warned him that I might have some really bad cramping afterwards, and if I do, it'll be up to him to fix dinner and such that night. He's really great about stuff like that!
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I had one of these a few years ago, and I don't remember it being that bad. No meds at all, my Dr. decided to do it while I was there for my yearly pap, because I was having some weird bleeding. I had no warning, just "here's what I'm getting ready to do", and she did it. I had no time to work up a good sense of dread about it, which may have contributed to my feeling that it wasn't a terrible experience.

What I remember is that the actual biopsy was like a bad pinch, but it was over really quickly. I had a little cramping for a few hours afterwards, but it was certainly no worse than a regular period. I may have even gone back to work afterwards- I don't remember doing anything special in the way of recovering from it.
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Is a uterine biopsy the same as an endometrial biopsy? Because I'm having one of those next month and I was planning on going by myself. If I'm going to be miserable after, I'll want my husband to drive me home.
holy shit, I had one of those ...

It felt like she was jamming a hot wire along the interior of my uterus ... and i had blood and cramps for about 3 days, and for almost a month afterwards I could still feel the occasional twinge flashback that felt like a thread of fire along the wall of my uterus
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BTW, norinew, I've never given birth vaginally, either. (I've never given birth at all.) If I'd have had even a Tylenol before the procedure, I would've been fine. For me, darvocet would've been a little much, but the procedure with no pain meds beforehand is just mean, imo. (I didn't have any warning, really. And didn't have any reason to expect it would hurt that much. Duh, biopsy means taking chunks of flesh!)

Afterwards I got on the bus and went back to work. I felt like I'd been punched in my uterus the rest of the day. Like cramps, but different.

To my mind, it's in the same league as when I got a ton of stitches removed. Not blinding pain, but would've been nothing if I'd just had an Advil beforehand.
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BTW, norinew, I've never given birth vaginally, either.
This makes me feel better. Thanks!

And I agree that doing it sans any pain meds is mean and uncalled for! I have a special kind of hate for doctors who have a "just suck it up" attitude!
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If what Irishgirl says is true and a uterine biopsy is roughly equivalent to getting an IUD, then I can share that my experience getting an IUD definitely hurt, as I was told it would, but it wasn't unbearable. I just kept focused on my breathing and it was over quickly. Anticipated pain, IME is always worse than the actual pain.

I am secretly hoping Irishgirl is correct because my doctors are on a mad quest to find out what's going on with my lady parts and it is not unreasonable to suppose I will have to get one of these things done soon.
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:39 PM
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Totally off topic, but norinew, is your user name pronounced "norine double-u" or "nori-new"? Cuz, I gotta tell ya, I call you "nori-new". :-)
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Totally off topic, but norinew, is your user name pronounced "norine double-u" or "nori-new"? Cuz, I gotta tell ya, I call you "nori-new". :-)
Well, you see, when we first got the internet, about 18 years ago, our ISP provided me with my first email addy, which consisted of firstname, lastinitial @whateverisp.com. Thereafter, being lacking in imagination, when I needed a username, I'd use my original email addy name. It never occurred to me that people would read it as "nori-new" until Dopers started calling me "nori", then it hit me. Since then, I've thought about changing it, but never have. At dopefests, though, I often introduce myself as "nori-new" and have even begun to think of my username that way myself!
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I had a uterine biopsy a few years ago, I took xanax and hydrocodone before and it was really not much more uncomfortable than a combination of a pap smear and cramps. I had some hydrocodone to take afterward, and was glad that I did for the cramping, but I have had monthly cramps by themselves which hurt worse. Best of luck to you, and I hope that your test is clean.
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Best of luck to you, and I hope that your test is clean.
Thanks. It sounds to me like for a few people, it's really painful, and for a few, it's mostly pain-free, and for most (which means probably me), it's somewhere in between. At any rate, I'll only have to do this once.

I doubt it'll come back clean. My pap was suspicious looking, and there's a strong family history of cancer. My uterus may not be cancerous, but I'd venture that it's pre-cancerous at the very least. But the thing is, it's such a self-contained system that taking it all out is the best solution to the problem. It's unlikely to spread to other internal systems unless it's left untreated for years and years. For those reasons, I'm not freaked much at all about the thought of cancer. It will be a relief, though, to get all that stuff yanked and not have to worry about it any more!
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I assume it's the same thing as what I had here: http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/...ghlight=biopsy

And if it is, it's FUCKING painful. I had a horrible time with it and any doctor who's done this and seen how painful it can be for some (many) people should be shot for not providing damn good pain meds. I felt like crap for a couple days.

(Though if I had the choice between this and the boiling water balloon in the uterus thing I think I'd do it again, cold turkey.)
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I got my uterine biopsy immediately following a trans-vaginal ultrasound (in which the doc could not find my right ovary). You'd think that the combo of the world's largest dildo smashed up against your innards and mashed around followed by forced dilation of your cervix and tearing away of endometrial tissue would neccessarily require at least a pre-procedure Tylenol, but not for my doc! No sir!

(I saw her once. That was it. I think the experience could have been improved only by the addition of barbed wire adorning the foot stirrups.)
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I assume it's the same thing as what I had here: http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/...ghlight=biopsy

And if it is, it's FUCKING painful. I had a horrible time with it and any doctor who's done this and seen how painful it can be for some (many) people should be shot for not providing damn good pain meds. I felt like crap for a couple days.

(Though if I had the choice between this and the boiling water balloon in the uterus thing I think I'd do it again, cold turkey.)
Wow. I read that whole thread. A little off-putting to say the least.
But, as stated, I already have Darvocet (thanks to my PCP, who rocks!) and Xanax, and will make good use of both. Before and after the procedure, if necessary.

I've also hear horror stories of GYN's doing hysterectomies and sending patients home with Mickey Mouse drugs like Tylenol 3. Suffice it to say that she and I will be discussing post-op pain relief before she operates, and we will reach a mutual agreement, or she will not be doing my surgery!
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Wow. I read that whole thread. A little off-putting to say the least.
But, as stated, I already have Darvocet (thanks to my PCP, who rocks!) and Xanax, and will make good use of both. Before and after the procedure, if necessary.

I've also hear horror stories of GYN's doing hysterectomies and sending patients home with Mickey Mouse drugs like Tylenol 3. Suffice it to say that she and I will be discussing post-op pain relief before she operates, and we will reach a mutual agreement, or she will not be doing my surgery!
Good luck with your surgery, by the way. That's got to be scary. I would, however, look forward to the 6 seconds of utter bliss between the words "start counting back from 100" and "Norinew! Norinew! Time to wake up, sweetie! Can you hear me? Norinew?"
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Today I got the results of last week's biopsy - no cancer. To say I am relieved is the understatment of the year, and my stoic, non-demonstrative Japanese husband brought home flowers and chocolates tonight.

I still have fibroids and endometriosis that needs dealing with in some way, and have an appointment in a couple of weeks to continue with the plan of treatment, but right now it's not an emergency and not scary.

Thank God for that!

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Today I got the results of last week's biopsy - no cancer.
Yay! So happy to hear that!

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Good luck with your surgery, by the way. That's got to be scary. I would, however, look forward to the 6 seconds of utter bliss between the words "start counting back from 100" and "Norinew! Norinew! Time to wake up, sweetie! Can you hear me? Norinew?"
Oh, yeah. I've had general anesthesia lots of times, though (probably 20 or so), so it's not as scary for me as it might be for someone where surgery is a novel approach.
And of course, when they start saying "We need you to wake up now, sweetie", my first reaction is "Go away!" After that, though, my strategy is to ask for the maximum possible drugs in order to minimize any unpleasantness!
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Update for all who may be interested

I had the biopsy today. I took the Darvocet and Xanax beforehand, and quite honestly, was fairly buzzy by the time she actually did the procedure. Really, it wasn't that bad. She apparently had no trouble at all getting through my cervix in spite of the fact I've never vaginally birthed a child. I felt a slight pinching sensation when she pushed the pipette in, and a tugging/cramping when she extracted the tissue (she did this twice). Afterwards, I had some pretty yucky cramps, especially in my right side. But nothing that's not easily controlled with small doses of Darvocet. I anticipate being back to normal (well, what passes for "normal" for me) by tomorrow.

We also scheduled my hysterectomy today. I'll be going in on February 28th to have everything removed.
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I'm glad you got through the biopsy OK! I am still feeling a bi t crampy since mine two weeks ago BUT she also put me on an estrogen blocker for that time and my boobs have swollen up to enormous melons so I think it is probably all connected with the pills. My last one was last night, so now I am waiting for my period to start. I am hoping that will be the release and the crampy stuff will stop.
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I'm glad you got through the biopsy OK! I am still feeling a bi t crampy since mine two weeks ago BUT she also put me on an estrogen blocker for that time and my boobs have swollen up to enormous melons so I think it is probably all connected with the pills. My last one was last night, so now I am waiting for my period to start. I am hoping that will be the release and the crampy stuff will stop.
I hope your crampiness ends soon! I hate that stuff. For me, I'm feeling right back to my old self today. I'm still spotting a little, but don't know if that's from the biopsy or from the Progesterone she has me on. But it's just a little. A pantiliner takes care of it.

Now to start getting things in order to count-down to the hysterectomy!
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