I have had to go down the route of self IM in the thigh. I am new to IM, so I am not sure what to expect?
I have found that Neurobion 3 ml ampoules are available in the local pharmacies. I am using blue needles. The pharmacy had given me only 2.5 ml syringes, which meant that they were full to the brim, so I could not draw back!
I am worried that I may already have injected into a vein, but I have not had any significant side effects, if I actually had injected into a vein?
I have done 4 injections so far. The 1st one ached quite a bit for a couple of days. The 2nd one (in the opposite thigh) hurt a bit while injecting. The 3rd one was ok. The 4th one was also ok. I suspect that I just injected too fast in the 1st 2 injections? It is 3 ml to inject, and very thin liquid. In the 1st 2 injections, I pushed the plunger and "whoosh", 1-2 seconds later it was all gone! No resistance at all! For the 3rd and 4th injections, I took it a lot slower (inject a little bit, stop for a few seconds, inject a bit more).
Anyway, back to my question. I have managed today to get 5 ml syringes. I will now be able to draw back, but what am I actually looking for? All the posts I have read say that if you see blood being drawn up, then stop and inject in another location. As the B12 is red in colour anyway, is it something that is very obvious to see, if I do hit a vein?
Any advice gratefully received.
I am pleased to report that most of my symptoms are a lot less severe now.