Well, I've scheduled my muscle biopsy. I was able to get an appointment for Tuesday, February 21 -- sooner than I expected. That's next week!
I'm honestly very nervous about this procedure because they'll be cutting a chunk of muscle out of my left arm (bicep). It's called an "open biopsy" because they actually open up the skin and muscle.
I will be wide awake with only a local anesthetic to numb the pain of the initial incision; however, the muscle itself will not receive any pain medication. They said numbing of the actual muscle can damage the sample. I wonder if they'll at least give me something to relax.
The doctor said I will feel the cutting of the muscle. I don't know about you, but that sounds horrible to me. And painful.