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kitca
10-27-2011, 11:45 AM
someone told me that they buy their own b-12 vials at the pharmacy and the needles also and do their own shots. but i forget who (not on here, someone i know somehow) anyway, has anyone heard of this? i have enough nurse friends who could puncture me with the needle, i know i couldnt do that myself, but i would be interested in taking the shots.

MagicFingers
10-28-2011, 10:18 AM
I used to get the shots. I would go once everyt two weeks to the doctors office. My doctor there was awesome. I would show up whenever convenient for me just sit outside one of the exam rooms andbetween patients she would inject me and I would go that is how she did any of her vitamin patients. I would be there all of about 5 minutes. That isn't how it works here, so i hav been told. So i just take the sublingual b12'si don't find tham as good but better than nothing.

kitca
10-30-2011, 01:23 PM
thanks magic. i bought them at shoppers and my hubby gave me the shot. i have been taking the sublingual liquid also, but i think it just doesnt absorb into my system. ive been researching it on the net. when i had my iron shots that is how i got them done at group health. just drop in and they use a float nurse to inject you.

gouligann
10-30-2011, 06:42 PM
Kitca, do you need a prescription for the B12 shots?

kitca
10-31-2011, 12:36 PM
no, you can just buy the vial and the needles. do a few google searches to rest your mind if you are thinking of trying it. that is what i did. i dont have the links, but you should be able to figure it out, i think i typed in something like 'doing your own b12 injections'

dreamer90
11-01-2011, 05:09 AM
I get my b12 shots at my drs... Never heard of doing it urself

gouligann
11-01-2011, 07:48 AM
Ok, thanks kitca! I wondered about that. I just don't know whether I could jab myself lol.

kitca
11-01-2011, 09:35 AM
i couldnt jab myself. my hubby did it said it was no problem. i copied out a bunch of the material and gave it to my parents. now they both want a shot too!

Tutones
11-06-2011, 11:14 PM
I'm curious as to the cost of buying them through the pharmacy? Do you need a prescription?

kitca
11-07-2011, 10:29 AM
no, dont need a script. the bottle to do 10 shots was $12. and the needles are .55 each. that was at shoppers. at walmart you had to buy a pack of 100 needles.

Puppy Lover
11-07-2011, 01:48 PM
I can save you all the effort of buying it yourself and injecting yourself. The bottom line is.....................unless you have a proven B12 deficiency, you are quite literally pi$$ing away your money. Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin. Whatever your body doesn't need, you pee out. There are a few people who require B12 injections (diabetics who take Metformin, those diagnosed with pernicious anemia, etc.). However, it would be worth your while to have a serum B12 level done (bloodtest) before you start injecting yourself with vitamins that you don't need. Vitamin B12 injections have not been proven to be useful in anyone who has normal B12 levels, and, if you DON'T have normal B12 levels, then you should be seeing a doctor or nurse practitioner for testing and an appropriate prescription for monthly B12 injections. Also, how do you know that you (or your husband) are injecting the medication into the muscle??? and I would also be curious about ................how you are disposing of the needles?? Anyway, as a Nurse Practitioner, this thread concerns me. One should not be self medicating without the proper testing and information.

kitca
11-07-2011, 03:03 PM
puppy lover, i didnt know you were a nurse practitioner. i was taking the sub lingual liquid vit. b and then heard about the shots. i have had stomach surgery and from all the reading i have done i dont have the right ? whatevers? in my system to use vet b orally. it also said that you cant overdo vit. b, so if i loose my money, i loose it, but it is worth trying for me. to dispose of the needles we put them back in the containers they come in and there are no 'sharps'. ive had enough needles in my butt to trust my hubby. ive had the iron injections 2 seperate times now. the articles i read also said that after 50 your body doesnt make the proper ?whatevers? to properly utilize b12. i dont want to go running to the doctor over something that seemed self done.

Tutones
11-08-2011, 08:33 AM
I do have a proven B12 deficiency. I was told to take B12 supplements orally by my doctor but they never did a thing. Can't believe the difference in my energy level with the shots. Even my peripheral neuropathy has gone away (which I always assumed was permanent due to previous chemo treatments). It's so nice to feel my hands and feet again!

Puppy Lover
11-09-2011, 02:00 PM
Tutones, your situation is entirely different. As I said, people with a diagnosed B12 deficiency will DEFINITELY benefit from the injections, and yest it does improve peripheral neuropathy that is related to a B12 deficiency. I just have an issue with people posting inaccurate health information and not having the benefit of a medical assessment/blood tests to diagnose an actual problem. Glad that it has made you feel so much better. All of my patients who take B12 injections tell me that it makes them feel better, but NONE of them have lost weight as a result of taking B12 injections.

kitca
11-09-2011, 06:29 PM
Tutones, your situation is entirely different. As I said, people with a diagnosed B12 deficiency will DEFINITELY benefit from the injections, and yest it does improve peripheral neuropathy that is related to a B12 deficiency. I just have an issue with people posting inaccurate health information and not having the benefit of a medical assessment/blood tests to diagnose an actual problem. Glad that it has made you feel so much better. All of my patients who take B12 injections tell me that it makes them feel better, but NONE of them have lost weight as a result of taking B12 injections.
are you saying that i have posted something inaccurate? what is inaccurate?

Tutones
11-10-2011, 12:36 AM
...and just for the record, I have also lost 35 pounds since starting the B12 injections.

MagicFingers
11-13-2011, 10:42 AM
Tutones, your situation is entirely different. As I said, people with a diagnosed B12 deficiency will DEFINITELY benefit from the injections, and yest it does improve peripheral neuropathy that is related to a B12 deficiency. I just have an issue with people posting inaccurate health information and not having the benefit of a medical assessment/blood tests to diagnose an actual problem. Glad that it has made you feel so much better. All of my patients who take B12 injections tell me that it makes them feel better, but NONE of them have lost weight as a result of taking B12 injections.

Did I miss a post? I thought I read the entire thread. I don't recall anyone saying they take b12 to lose weight or that they lost weight because of b12 injections. Where did that come from? I have not been doing the injections since i moved to the sault as I do not want to do the injections myself and I don't have a doctor or a nurse to do it for me and since I have stopped the injections I feel like crap the and the sublingual just don't do anything for me. I can take double the dosage and I still feel no different. Oh an anyone can go and get a sharps container and have it disposed of. SO not sure why you are so hung up on that either.

MagicFingers
11-13-2011, 10:44 AM
...and just for the record, I have also lost 35 pounds since starting the B12 injections.

However you have not lost the 35 pounds solely due to the b12 injections. You have made some changes in your life. But the b12 does help, specially if you are low on the vitamin it can make you feel more nenergized making you naturally more active.

kitca
11-13-2011, 09:10 PM
i think the weight issue was brought up because there is a natural type physician who gives weekly shots as a way to loose weight. but you are right, it was never mentioned in this thread. thats not why i am doing it, though i would like some more energy, and i would love to loose 25 lbs!

MagicFingers
11-14-2011, 08:31 AM
Yes I know the doctor you are speaking of....if it is the same one....And it wasn't TO lose weight, the diet he has people on significantly cuts back their food intake and I believe on that diet any adult does not get enough vitamins do to the set up of the diet hence the vitamin b12 as well because it CAN give you more energy the hope is that it will make you move more.

Anyways I just wish the other person hadn't turned it into a weighloss issue as no one here had even mentioned it until they did.

Puppy Lover
11-17-2011, 12:53 PM
My initial post was trying to make the point that unless you actually have a DIAGNOSED B12 deficiency, you will not benefit from the B12 injections as you will just pee it out. The naturopathic doctor gives an injection comprised of B1 and B6, not B12. B12 injections are specifically for people who are unable to absorb B12 through their food intake, or who are taking medications that interfere with the absorption of B12. For example, many of my diabetic patients require B12 injections because of oral medications that they take for diabetes. MagicFingers is correct in saying that B12 does not help you to lose weight, but it can give you more energy, thereby allowing you to be more active. Once again, though, if you are not B12 deficient (diagnosed with a simple blood test), the injections will not be beneficial. Also, Magicfingers, if you are unable to absorb B12 through your food, that is the reason that the sublingual B12 is not beneficial to you. B12 is absorbed in the stomach, so if you have a problem with absorption, the best route of getting the B12 is through injection.

MagicFingers
11-17-2011, 12:58 PM
Yep hence why after my stomach surgery i was to get the b12 injections but now i try to take the sublingual because i have no family doctor and not going to the hospital to get it and well just not sure I can do it myself. Hoping that maybe even if i get a little benefit it would be better then no. But I never felt like it made a difference so I have stopped. But now I have to start something. Going to the walk in clinic today to see if there is anything I can do.

Puppy Lover
11-18-2011, 01:42 PM
Have you registered for the new Nurse Practitioner Clinic. I know it will take a while for them to get through all the people who have indicated an interest, but just wondering if you had made contact with them?

MagicFingers
11-19-2011, 05:17 PM
no i hadnt' but i will.

everywoman
11-25-2011, 02:29 AM
I have a b12 deficiency and do my own shots. I work steady nights, and it's a pain in the butt to get myself to an injection clinic for the sake of a 30 second procedure that I can do myself. My nurse practitioner is aware that I'm doing this. I get a little freaked out each time I inject, but it's only cause I psych myself out at the thought of the needle. The actual injection isn't bad at all.

The 6th Member Of AC/DC
11-25-2011, 09:11 AM
I have a b12 deficiency and do my own shots. I work steady nights, and it's a pain in the butt to get myself to an injection clinic for the sake of a 30 second procedure that I can do myself. My nurse practitioner is aware that I'm doing this. I get a little freaked out each time I inject, but it's only cause I psych myself out at the thought of the needle. The actual injection isn't bad at all.

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