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Vitamin B injection

Feb 24, 2015 7:11 PM

I had my first vitamin B injection today.
Does anyone know how long it will take to notice a difference and if that difference is huge or subtle?
I was given the injection by my naturopath because I show all the signs of a B12 deficiency, even though I'm in the low normal range on my blood work.
She wants me to track the changes and let her know when she calls about my vitamin D3 levels, which she took a blood sample for today.
If my vitamin D levels are ok she is going to start me on a 'chemical detox' since that seems to be a contributing factor in my pain and other problems. If my vitamin D levels are low I get to do a vitamin D shot and then vitamin infusions via IV every week for 8 weeks until my levels are good. (The get to is sarcasm, I hate needles).

Feb 24, 2015 8:30 PM

I'm right with you on the needles! My dad & sister get B12 injx every month. They both have made comments of noticing improved energy after a few days to a week.

Feb 24, 2015 8:58 PM

Thanks FlappysLady.

Feb 25, 2015 1:04 AM

Goto if your vit D is low ask for the pill form. My test came back zero and I was on a 10,000 pill. After a month or so I got to got to a lower dose and now take over the counter 6000 in winter/spring/fall and 4000 in summer

Feb 25, 2015 9:33 AM

You're welcome. Praying it helps you better than expected!

Feb 25, 2015 12:52 PM

The reason they are saying needles is because I forget to take the pills. And the injection works faster and then issues with digestive absorption are bypassed and i can start the detox faster and maybe with less chemicals in my system my digestive system might start working again.

Feb 26, 2015 12:15 AM

Hi gotobef,

I am just curious how your naturopath person came to the conclusion your vitamin B was needed if you were in the low end of normal.

I have a problem with my phosphate, it will drop to critical levels which means 8-10 hours in the ER with an IV getting it replaced. They finally figured out my vitamin D was extremely low so I was directed to take 5000 units a day. My numbers are now always near or just below normal which is as good as it will get.

I also have IBS which is dangerous for me as I can lose it all in one day on the toilet. I can say that since my vitamin d has been brought to a more normal level my digestive tract has kind of straightened out. I only have bad belly days when I eat something I shouldn't.

I take 10 pills a day plus the vitamin d (not including pain pills) and I hate the pills but I can't walk if I don't take them. I just leave the vitamin d jar on the table and take them with supper every night. Might be worth a shot instead of needles.

Being I live in Canada we are always told our vitamin d levels are low, and to take supplements. I am not sure where you live but if you are out east and have had a rough winter it might help.

Feb 26, 2015 12:38 AM

I show all the symptoms of a severe vitamin B12 deficiency. It isn't harmful to have more B12 so she gave me the injection and I'm to track how I feel for the next few weeks.
I feel like a person again, not a zombie so that's good.
There is something to treating the symptoms, because even though levels in the blood show ok they might not be ok everywhere else. magnesium, for example, stays relatively level in the blood stream so you would never find a deficiency by blood test but you could be extremely low and your organs could be shutting down because of it.
I find that the normal range that doctors look at is quite large and even though it came back normal she said that because of my symptoms something had to be done. B12 deficiency can cause permanent brain damage.
I live in Edmonton Alberta so our winter hasn't been that bad.
Since the doctors won't test my vitamin d i don't know how much i should be taking, they recommended 1000 And I've been taking 2000 with no change of symptoms.
And with the ibs comes absorption issues so the needles bypass that. which will allow me to do the detox sooner and then hopefully without a whole bunch of chemicals my body can't get rid of on its own i will be able to absorb nutrients and supplements better.

Feb 26, 2015 12:44 AM

Have you thought about sitting the vitamins out next to your coffee maker where you can't miss seeing them. I had Gastric Sleeve surgery so I have to take vitamins and minerals everyday some twice a day. I take a mutivitamin vitamin 2 x day, calcium 2 x day, d3 2 x day, collegen 3 2 x a day, my Dr. told me not to take the sublingual b 12 and to take as much as I could so I take 500mg 4 a day they are gummies, also I take b complex 1 a day, biotin 1 a day, plus all of my prescribed medications my husband tells.me that I have a pharmacy and when I have to take them to a Dr appointment it feels like it.lol,I used to be really forgetful about my vitamins but not any more if you can start taking them you will gradually be able to tell a difference I have more energy now that I used to. I know that it seems over welming at first but soon it will become routein. I keep all of my meds in a old plastic milk carton like they used in the seventies it red and I lined the inside with paper tied a ribbon on one of the hand holds and it sits on my beside table. So when I wake up they are right there for me to take. I apologize for my spelling.

Feb 26, 2015 12:53 AM

I can have them sitting right beside my plate as I'm eating supper and forget to take them. I can usually remember with breakfast but beyond that not a chance. Working shift work and never having a constant schedule doesn't help with that. i fill those little snack bags with all the pills ineed to take in a day and put it by my magic bullet so i take it with me when i make my morning smoothie then run out the door because I'm late for work again. Breakfast ok, lunch maybe, i always forget my supper doses. Then there are days like today where i got up at noon and only had 2 meals so the take 1 3x daily with meals doesn't happen.

Nov 02, 2015 10:12 AM

I had no vitamin D And with 50,000 units a week it took one to two months to notice anything and it was pretty subtle. I too live in a lack of sun area. Dr recommend to take 5,000 a day except in summer when I can drop it to 2,000 a day. Problem is there is so much discrepancy over what is the right amount. In addition if you have other health issues that can deplete it such as thyroid issues studies show you should aim for a higher vitamin d level. Basically there is no right answer at this point.

Nov 02, 2015 8:30 PM

Shammagren, my docs have been telling me I needed B12, D3, & Iron due to deficiencies. Then I came home from Mayo and because they think I'm on too much, guess what my PCP wants cut out and why? Yep, my vitamins. His excuse, " they've proven vitamins really don't help. ". Ok, so he needs to tell the other 2 docs and explain to them when my lab work becomes irregular again. Gee whiz! 🙏🌼

Nov 02, 2015 8:33 PM

Flappy when one doctor tries changing something my PCP is having me do I always tell them i will discuss the latest results and your recommendations with my doctor. They probably don't like that but I trust my pcp.

Nov 03, 2015 8:00 AM

Sadly, I trust my PCP the least. I've had him for nearly 30 years and he was great. But I was telling my psych doc how he has been the past year with his instructions and such, and the psych doc who knows him said, " Something must be going on because that's not like him. " The PCP gives me instructions one visit and then 6-12 weeks later changes it. 🙏🌼

Nov 09, 2015 4:31 PM

I have been getting the injections for several months and I never have seen a difference. I just want to feel better soon.

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