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   Posted 5/16/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I just had a call from my GI. I have to give B12 shots 1 daily for a week, then every week for 3 months. I usually have
my bi-weekly ones done at the doc's office. So I'm a little unsure if I can give myself an IM shot. I'm ok with Humira,
but they only go under the skin.

So my ? is do you do it, or do you ask someone else????/

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   Posted 5/16/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to have my husband give me my B12 shots and he did just fine. I now go to the doctors ofc every other week and have them do it. I personally can't do it myself.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I've noticed from previous threads that most do it themselves. They (docs) wanted to make me do it myself too but since my hubby's a nurse I refused (yeah, I'm kinda a brat). It is just an IM shot but I just have no interest in sticking myself--and I am squeamish--I can't even watch others stick me!

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   Posted 5/16/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
ask for the nasal b12. One nostril, 1 pump, once a week, very easy.
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   Posted 5/16/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been doing my own for about 10 years now. It's a bit daunting at first, but it gets easier. Something about willfully stabbing yourself with a needle can make it hard.

The trick is to get a really good nurse to show you how to do it. When I do it right, I don't feel it at all. The trick seems to be not to hesitate. An experienced nurse should know the tricks.

I only get it once a month, but when I first started it was a 50 mile drive every month to get the doctors office to do it. I got them to show me how to do it myself, got all the supplies etc, and have been doing it ever since. Having the ability to do it myself also helped give me a feeling of accomplishment, and the positive feeling of being able to do it on my own, on my schedule.

I understand it is hard, but it can be a satisfying feeling when you can take care of it yourself.
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   Posted 5/16/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't done B12 shots, but MTX is an IM shot and I learned to do it myself in my leg. It was actually much easier than the Humira shots because there was no pinching to get subcutaneous and the shot itself didn't hurt like Humira. I prefered those IM shots over Humira! I would shake like crazy getting ready for giving myself a Humira shot. But, MTX was no big deal... *once* i got over the initial fears, which are totally normal! Poking yourself is not easy!
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   Posted 5/16/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
oth, I gave it to myself for years. Now I have to go in for IVs weekly so I just ask one of the nurses to do it.

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   Posted 5/16/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   

I give them to my hubby, but I have taught him how..........and he has had to do it when I was not available.

Just aim and do it. :-) Good Luck, I know you can do this.  Ah, please do have someone teach you first.  Silly me, you know that. eyes

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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
When I FINALLY go up enough nerve to offer to try to give myself my own B12 shot, the nurse left the exam room and returned w/a brand new nice tiny skinny needle. And that was the size needle they scripted along w/my B12. She showed me how to just push it into my thigh.

BIG DIFFERENCE between that jab in the arm w/the usual "office" size needle and that nice short skinny needle they gave me to do it myself!!! Of course, the first one I gave myself in the office, pure knee jerk reaction, I pulled it right back out before I could even begin to depress the syringe plunger. But second time around I did it. Piece of cake!!
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   Posted 5/16/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd rather shoot someone eles than myself LOL! (most days that is)...

Actually when I first found out I needed B12 supplementation I was getting shots from the doc at his office for about one month, then he re-checked my levels and weaned me off of shots while he had me taking B12 oral supplements, this worked out great for me since it's been about 6 yrs now and I"m still doing good with just the pills (1200mcg once/day with supper as doc said it would absorb best in the evening with a meal).

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   Posted 5/17/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys for all your answers. I think I'm gonna go for it myself!! My husband seems TOO keen to give them to me,
like some perverse delight LOL He hates injections himself!!!

Too many years with CD
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Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

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   Posted 5/17/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vicky,
I giving myself a B-12 injection monthly. I got used to giving myself the shot.
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I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
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   Posted 5/17/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vicky Gotta good laugh out of the husband just a little too eager. I think you can do it. I only get one a month and get them done at outpatients so easy for me to tell you to do it yourself. ha ha , let us know when you take up self B-12 injections can hardly wait to encorage you on. Actually after being poked with Hum. from what I read you should find B-12 a piece of cake. lol gail

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   Posted 5/19/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
your question makes me feel better. I gave myself the B-12 shots for years (had to load up the needle, etc). But I'm nervous about starting humira! How ironic eh? Good luck with the B-12 shots. I did them in my arm and had no problems--wasn't easy but was able to do it. Probably will have to start again with this flare.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa

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