No, not all ostomates need to get B-12 shots, only those who have lost their terminal ileum or had it damaged. There is a sublingual form of B-12 you can ask you doctor about. It might be able to replace the injectable B-12.
Thank you, for the replies!
OHIO--thanks for the info--I was not sure who would write the prescription for one...and I am totally with you in that I would not want to inject myself--I would rather have to drive to the dr.'s office!
Suebear and Summer--thanks for mentioning the "sublingual" form! I have never heard of it, and would definitely prefer it...though at first I was not quite sure what "sublingual" meant, so I looked it up to be sure! :)
vetteguy--I am in the same boat in that I have some of my TI left, but I am not sure how much. That is great that you found out that you do not need the shots! (less trips to the dr.'s the better!). I hope I am as lucky. I know they are no big deal, I just prefer not to have to go to the doctor's if I can.