Hi, I got my second loading injection today and the damn thing was agony - just like the intramuscular injections I remember so well from a stay in hospital - but what happened? My first one was from my regular doctor and it was pain-free. Just a small sting as the needle went in and then blissful nothing. He said that B12 wasn't a toxin and it wouldn't hurt as much as the ones I got in hospital, which they give everyone, supposedly to ward off DVT. Damnable things - shoved in your thigh every night, and they burnt and cramped like hell.
The new doc I had tonight is a genuine newbie, as in she's just qualified and looks about fourteen. She didn't tourniquet my arm. At first there was just a sting and I thought, 'Cool, these are going to be no problem', but then as, I assume, she put the B12 in, it started to hurt like merry hell, with, yes, the full stinging, cramping, burning pain. Then pain as the damn thing came out, and aching for half an hour afterwards. To make it all just perfect she didn't even offer me tape afterwards, to hold the cotton in place - I had to ask for it.
She wasn't brusque or unpleasant, but she did seem tense and uncertain, complaining about the glass vials and seeming a bit flustered. Was she just new and anxious or has she got something wrong? Or is it the other way round - did my own doc not get it into the muscle correctly and pain is the normal response? Should 'new doc' have put a tourniquet on, as my own doc did? Does that help the pain?
Any old hands, who've had lots of injections, got advice for the perfect injection here? I'm seeing her for another one on Friday, worst luck, and if I can ask her to do something - such as tourniquet the damn arm - then I'd love to know what!
Any tips to get through this pain-free, or as near as damn it, most gratefully accepted.