Anyone inject vitamin B12 ? (THIS IS NOT A QUESTION ABOUT STEROIDS)

  • Sparkycat

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    Jun 30, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
    Does anyone inject vitamin B12. It can be purchased in injectable form legally. I'm wondering if it is supposed to be done as a deep muscle injection or under the skin with a shorter needle. Anyone know?

    Please note that I am not asking for advice about steroids.

    Thanks.
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    Jun 30, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    I've had it, although I didn't do it my self, hell, I wouldn't, I'm not taking no needle to my skin they already freak me the fuck out.. no way in hell..

    *shudders*

    But anyway, B12 hurts being injected, not entirely sure how to describe it beyond being a painful injection, however, it does make you a lot more energetic, for two days I bounced off walls icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 30, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    IM is intramuscular
    SC is subcutaneous

    B12 can either be given IM or SC. Medications are absorbed quicker from IM injections than SC injections. The IM route is only required if the patient has a neurologic complication from B12 deficiency (this is very rare). I prefer the SC route. The nurses in our clinic gave B12 SC using a 25 gauge 5/8" or 1" long needle. In other clinics the preference may be the IM route. If the patient is going to self administer, the SC route is easier. If you are going to give B12, make sure you are familiar with technique and have been taught by a qualified individual.

    http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient_education/pepubs/subq.pdf
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    Jul 01, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    Pernicious Anemia, the blood cells do not divide normally and are too large. They have trouble getting out of the bone marrow. The problem is due to a lack of vitamin B12.

    Mystery Diagnosis had an episode about this where a lady went for like 11 years without drs diagnosing this correctly and all she needed was shots of B12. For some reason, taking it orally didnt help her.

    I know in my cancer treatment, the standard treatment didnt work and I had a hell of a time getting my dr to believe me that it wasnt working. Finally, I had to demand a blood test....haha...get what....it wasnt working! The fuckwad wouldnt believe me tho cuz he had never heard of it not working and, of course, I am only a patient, what could I know.

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    Jul 01, 2009 9:38 AM GMT
    Caslon11000 said
    Mystery Diagnosis had an episode about this where a lady went for like 11 years without drs diagnosing this correctly and all she needed was shots of B12. For some reason, taking it orally didnt help her.



    Pernicious anemia develops slowly; the diagnosis is easily missed when the symptoms are mild.
    The cause of pernicious anemia is the lack of intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor is produced in the stomach and is required for B12 to be absorbed in the small intestine (distal ileum). In pernicious anemia, the stomach no longer produces intrinsic factor so B12 is cannot be absorbed from the GI tract. The only way to get B12 into the body is through injection. B12 deficiency can also result from surgery to the stomach if the area is removed where intrinsic factor is produced. Surgery on the ileum where B12 is absorbed can also result in deficiency.
    B12 deficiency produces large red blood cells and iron deficiency anemia produces small cells. White cells and platelets are also impaired. As I mentioned in my earlier post, neurologic problems can also occur. Without B12, the nerves lose myelin, their protective coating. Symptoms can be diverse and include numbness, muscle weakness, personality changes, confusion, hallucinations and more
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    Jul 01, 2009 12:44 PM GMT
    I have Pernicious Anemia and give self inject B12 via muscles in my legs. The shots are painless and the affects can be felt with in hours.

    Before I was diagnosed I felt like I was dying. No energy, depressed, muscle soreness, balance off, rapid/slow heart beat. The only reason I was diagnosed was I told my dr. several older family members have it. I have had it since my mid 30s.
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    Jul 01, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
    now why are you asking?
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    Jul 06, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    I noticed a difference in stress level and energy. Problem with oral B is we lose the ability to absorb a great deal of it past the age of 13.