On my last blood test, I b12 level was low. I'm not seriously deficient (my level was in the 400s) but I would like to get methyl-b12 shots as I've also read that they are good for treating autism.
My doctor doesn't want to give me any b12 shots though. He says that they're dangerous and that he's had patients that developed skin allergies after he gave them a shot. He also explained how you basically risk getting an infection if you don't inject them correctly and that you need to be an expert at injections...
He says that I could take b12 orally but I've read that they don't always work plus they often have things like citric acid and I really don't feel like wasting my time with something when I'm not sure if it's going to work.
How do we get b12 injections when the doctors won't prescribe it?
Also, I've got another question. I've never had those 2 other tests done that you would normally need to do in order to rule out a b12 deficiency but I had a blood test done just a few months before my last one which was before I went vegan and b12 was in the 800s. Is it normal for b12 levels to fluctuate that much when you're not on injections?
First of all, urinary MMA test > blood test. Blood tests for B12 can be quite inaccurate. Blood tests for B12 can often measure analogues which you would have had a lot of on a non-vegan diet.
If you really want injections, order them on the internet. There are a million threads on here discussing where to order them, so just use the search feature. DR even has a few videos on it.
I would say get get your methylmalonic acid (MMA) levels tested because that is a much better measure of true B12 status than any other test. If your doctor doesn't know that, and won't do it, your doctor is an irresponsible, bad doctor and it would behoove you to get another one.
I'm sorry but I complete disagree with any advise that encourages ordering B12 injections online. Many of the products are still substandard and it is extremely difficult to tell if you are getting a done deal.
Seek a different doctors opinion.
Ordering B12 online is fine. Just like ordering anything else online.
The best is to verify the source of course, check if the company is legit, call/e-mail to find out what's in it, etc.
In the US it's quite easy Trim Nutrition (compounding pharmacy in Florida ) has the best stuff on the market:
Fresh methyl, grown on corn, vegan, no preservatives, shipped on ice overnight, nothing comes close to it.
Perhaps my math is fuzzy, as it is late and I'm under slept, but if one dose is 2000 mcg and the bottle is 10,000 micrograms, wouldn't that only be 5 injections? If so, why do they say it's 50 injections at the very bottom? Even if it was 50 shots, would the b12 last an entire year even with refrigeration (given you did a shot a week)? Sorry for all the questions - just sounds like you have bought from them in the past.
It's 10,000 mcg/ml and the bottle is 10ml :)
Since it's fresh and has no preservatives you have to keep it in the fridge and use it up in 3 months.
It's family size, so start shooting up everybody around you!! :)
Oh, gotcha. $250+/3 months, though?! I might stick to my $4/month sublinguals.
Yeah, nothing wrong with ordering online as long as you know which products are substandard and which aren't.
How would you tell?
Ok, thank you. Might post here again some other time.
+1. Definitely get a uMMA test. It's $150 but it seems like it would be worth it for you. http://www.b12.com/
Autism is not an ailment to be 'treated'.
There are treatment and educational approaches that help some of the challenges associated with the autism but there is no known cure. Fragile X Syndrome is the most common cause of autism.