Anyone been prescribed b12 injections?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by hob, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. hob

    hob New Member

    I started going to this specialist and he has me taking a bunch of vitamins. The one I am most concerned about is the b12 injections just because it hurts! I am willing to do it to see if it helps, so I was curious how others have done with it?
  2. Jen102

    Jen102 New Member

    I am prescribed methylcobalamin and inject myself daily. They hurt very minimally. I used to give them in my navel area, but am now doing it in my hip area. It is okay as long as I avoid hitting my sciatic nerve, which after practice isn't a problem.

    Hope you can find a solution. Have you read some of Martin Pall's works about NMDA actions int he brain?
    Blessings to you. Jen102
  3. HagerTX

    HagerTX New Member

    maybe they are using too large a needle.

    I was prescibed them (at my suggestion after a dubious blood test for vitamin deficiencies); nevertheless it seemed to help slightly at the time
  4. wyattsmom

    wyattsmom New Member

    I give myself them and find them beneficial!
  5. Meghanne

    Meghanne New Member

    My internist actually said most people get enough in their diets, but my levels were low, and energy was low with it. I do it once a week and it's a breeze. The better you get at doing it, the less it hurts. :) And I used to be THE chicken wimp about needles.

  6. FM58

    FM58 New Member

    Hi Hob,

    I've been giving myself B12 injections 3X a week since January. My doc adviced giving it in the belly area, I was taught how to do it in the doctors office & had to demonstrate giving myself one while I was there.

    I use a 27 gage needle, it's small & thin. So I find this quite easy to inject. I also inject magnesium once a week & have to do that IM - so that is given in my upper backside/hip area. I actually had to have my primary give it to me, teaching my husband. I could not reach and do this one by myseld, so I needed assistance on this one. I will admit, this one w/ the 25 gage needle which is longer & slightler thicker does pinch a bit more. Magnesium must be given with a slow push, so that adds to the fun, haha!

    To be honest, I feel the B12 injections are worth the tiny little pinch. It truly is very easy to do, you just need to set your mind to it. I feel it is helping my fatigue. It sure beats dragging yourself into the doctors office for them to stick you & you to make a co-pay. Give it a try! Good Luck to you!

  7. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    My OB/Gyn gave them to me when I was pregnant with my 2nd child because I was SOOOOOOO sick (morning sickness). They definitely helped me get the nausea under control. But for my current health problems I haven't taken them so I can't say whether they help or not.

    Honestly, I thought they hurt too and more so than any other shot I've had of anything. It stung on its way in, not the needle but the liquid. The Dr injected on my butt cheek and it stung for several minutes. I know I'm not a wimp because I've never had problems with shots before....
    Maybe it just depends on where you inject it?

    anyway good luck on your new treatment and let us know if it helps.
    [This Message was Edited on 03/23/2006]
  8. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    the injection shouldn't hurt at all. I give them to myself three times a week in my thighs. I take my left hand and squeeze up a good amount of flesh and muscle and ues my right hand to inject myself. I have never felt any pain. Honest.

  9. hob

    hob New Member

    Hey All,

    I wanted to thank you all for the input. it looks like i am using a 23gauge. I am going to ask for a smaller needle to see if that helps, but today I put it on my stomach and it was much better. I am thinking it was bette because my arms and legs are the most painful areas in general for me. Again thanks!

  10. wiki

    wiki New Member


    I don't know if you know that but you can take b12 by the mouth. You only have to take about 1000 mcg and your body will absorb about 8 mcg.

  11. foxglove9922

    foxglove9922 New Member

    Depends what form of B12 injections you are on. I would assume the ones given in the stomach are sub-cutaneous (just under the skin) while I have tried 2 forms which are intermuscular.

    It is very important to hit a muscle with these and take a little manevering to get it in the butt.

    It has helped me as I was low in B12 and also very anemic.

    best wishes..........foxglove

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