Vitamin B12 is the first port of call for many doctors when faced with CFS/ME. It can be taken under the tongue (sublingual), by injection into the fat (subcutaneous) or muscle (intramuscular). There are 3 types of B12 from which to choose, including: Hydroxocobalamin, Cyanocobalamin and Methylcobalamin.
The basic idea is that despite having Vitamin B12 in the body it is not crossing the brain/blood barrier.
My experience: (27/1/10) Based on nearly universal use of B12 in CFS/ME treatment I decided to learn how to inject myself and have begun injecting 1ml of Hydroxocobalamin into my stomach fat twice a week. Its to early to give definitive feedback but I noticed cognitive improvements almost immeadiately .
(16/3/10) I have slowly been increasing the frequency of 1ml injections up to every second or third day and continue to reap the benefits of increased cognitive abilities, a clear head and general rise in energy. Its fantastic. It is slow release due to the injection method. Will keep on this until there is no more benefit.
(31/8/10) I continue to get benefits from injecting each day. I have increased the dose to about 2mls a day and now use a more concentrated version which means less liquid and more B12. I use it before work, meetings or intense games of Connect Four.
The jab’s are always fun. You get to feel like a mad scientist when you squirt red liquid out of the top of the syringe. It’s easy and painless but still a little character building.
Dr Sarah Myhills site gives a great run down on the use of B12 in CFS/ME here.
The website Chronic Fatigue Treatments has an interesting article with Dr. Martin Pall covering the use of B12 injections here.