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painted turtle
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Hi, I've been shown how to give myself B12 injections in my thigh.

I've tried it a couple times and I have an extremely shaky hand and hand eye coord. and get a little nervous about it.

Today, the b12 atually came out of the injection sight which I think might be becuase I injected the skin instead of the muscle?

Is it dangerous if the B12 is not injected deep enough?

I plan to have someone else do this for me for now. But want to know what kind of dangers may be associated with imprecise injection.

Anyone know?

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I am told to inject mine right under the skin, not into my muscle, so I would have to think there is no problem with it being injected under the skin.

I inject in my tummy, alot easier there for me.

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My thighs are so fat that some always comes out. The nurse told me some would...Just wipe it with alchol.

I just hate the brusing....

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My doctor specifically told me that 'too shallow or too deep isn't a problem'.

I've read somewhere that it's better as far as absorption to get it into the fat, but I doubt you can hurt yourself. I haven't, yet, and I"ve missed.

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Thanks for the feedback!

I feel more assured now and will keep on it.

I do think B12 is helpful.

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quote:
Originally posted by 1Bitten2XShy:
I am told to inject mine right under the skin, not into my muscle, so I would have to think there is no problem with it being injected under the skin.

I have found that leaving the needle in for an extra second or two will help prevent any of it from coming back out.

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Hey

Have any of you tried the B12 skin patches?
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Hi,

B12 Skin Patches? Have you used these, do they work and how much do they cost?

Thanks, [lick]

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The best advice my nurse gave me was "go in like a dart." I find it helpful to just go in very quickly like I'm throwing a dart.

It's VERY helpful to consciously relax the muscle before sticking the needle in, as the tightening of the muscle around the needle is really what causes pain.

I also find that leaving the needle in a few seconds before pulling it out helps the fluid to stay in: otherwise it often leaks out as you said.

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B12 can be given intramuscularly (which I'm guessing is how you're doing it) or subcutaneously which is just under the skin so it doesn't matter if it doesn't all make it into the muscle if you're doing it with IM shots. I do it with sub-q shots which I like a whole lot better than IM shots - they're easier to do (in my opinion) and less painful. You might want to ask your doctor about them or if there's a reason for you to be doing them IM instead.

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