B12 Shots for Nerve Pain

Published: October 21, 2012

As we have noted for decades, it is important to address nerve pain with the following recipe:

  1. Vitamins B12 and B6 (present in a good multivitamin powder)
  2. Lipoic Acid 300 mg 2x day
  3. Acetyl L-Carnitine 500 mg 2-3x day

Give these at least 3 months to work.

In this study, B12 shots decreased nerve pain 4 times as effectively as the medication nortriptyline.

We add medications for initial relief as well (and even long term as needed) as discussed in my book Pain Free 1-2-3, but the nutrients above can actually help heal the nerves.

For more information on nerve pain (neuropathies), see "Effective Therapy for Neuropathic (Nerve) Pain."


Vitamin B(12) may be more effective than nortriptyline in improving painful diabetic neuropathy. Talaei A, Siavash M, Majidi H, Chehrei A. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2009 Feb 12:1-6. [Epub ahead of print; see the article online]

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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