For those that are considering becoming a bone marrow donor, one common question among them is does it hurt? This seems to be a common misperception that has prevented many qualified donors from becoming a part of this life-saving experience. The best way to find out if donating bone marrow hurts is to ask someone that has done it. Getting feedback from someone with first-hand experience is going to give you the most honest perspective of the surgery. You can visit bone marrow registries like Gift of Life to read donor testimonials, learn more about the process, and find real-life stories of lives saved from people like you that have donated blood.

What was once a long process, is now something that can be done by drawing blood. Over 90% of donors are getting the stem cells drawn directly from their bloodstream. This stem cell donation procedure is non-invasive and pretty pain-free. Don't believe us, just contact a donation center and ask for more information.

This process has some prep work involved. Prior to the actual day of donation, you will need to show up to receive a sequence of shots that will pump your body with additional hormones. These hormones will trigger your stem cells to multiply, and as a result, make your blood rich for donation. After that, your blood will be sent to a clinic where the stem cells will be extracted from the blood.

This is a pretty pain-free process, other than reports of nausea from the hormones, there really isn't any other complaint about the donation process. The symptoms of nausea are typically brief and are only experienced on donation day, and donating blood is nothing new for many people.

What About Donating Actual Bone Marrow?

It's not that common anymore to donate the actual marrow from the bone. Modern processes allow for stem cells to do the job. However, there are a small number of donors that may be encouraged to actually donate the marrow from the bone. This is where the idea of it being a painful process comes to life. While in theory, it may be more painful than getting blood drawn, the reality is that the process takes place while the donor is under general anesthesia. This means that the donor won't feel a thing during the process.

The post-donation blues may have you feeling drained, and the body may be sore from the procedure. But after a day or two of rest, you can be back at work like you want to be and operating as usual. That mild discomfort is a small price to pay for saving a life.

 

Author's Bio: 

New York Times bestselling author Hamza Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed mysteries. His characters are clever, and fearless, but in real life, Hamza is afraid of basements, bees, and going upstairs when it is dark behind him. Let’s face it. Hamza wouldn’t last five minutes in one of his books.

Hamza is best known for his Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries and for his Accidental Demon Slayer books.