Posted 10/10/2011 8:22 AM (GMT -7)
most men do not need or want to be "knocked out" for the normal 6-12 core biopsies, and many doctors would discourage it. Many have found out, that thinking about the biopsy and the "fear" of going through it, is way worse than the actual pain. More complain about the noise when each core is taken, i.e. like the snap of a large rubber band.
i had 3 biopsies, the last 2 were only 7 weeks apart. the first one, no pain med. second one, pain med, and the needles that were used to admin the med were far worse than the biopsy. on the third one, told the doctor just to do it, by then, knew what to expect and just wanted it over with.
if you want to experience needle pain, i suggest you go through a Spinal Tap. Had one years ago when they were testing me for MS, was among the top most painful thing I ever had to endure, and would never submit to another, even if it meant saving my life. The pain was intense, above a 10, and made my entire spine feel like a raw nerve, like a bad tooth pain, but running the entire length of my body. And as the doctor moved the needle around, I saw nothing but white before my eyes.
Pain is relative to the circumstances, and very subjective to the bearer. Of all the painful procedures I have endured the past 3 years, and still do, I would rate the pain of a biopsy at most, a 1 or 2 out of 10 being the worse.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10