An injection machine can be an invaluable tool in treating pain, but some users say it can be too dangerous.ABC News asked people who have used the machine what they think is the right way to inject themselves.
Here are some of their stories:John C. Smith, a retired engineer who has used an injection machine for more than 30 years, told ABC News he loves the way it feels, and that he can inject himself when he wants.
Smith said he has used the injection machine at home to treat a severe neck injury he sustained in an accident.
He said the machine helped him recover after being paralyzed for three years.
“I can inject myself from my neck to the back of my neck, which makes me feel a lot better,” he said.
Smith has been using the machine for the past five years and he has never had a serious incident.
He also said the machines are safe.
Smith also said he does not think the machines should be used for injection into the stomach or intestines, but he is not sure that is true.
“When I inject, it is in a controlled way, and I don’t inject myself because I think it would hurt,” he told ABC.ABC’s Jodi Bailon asked whether people should be injecting themselves while they have a medical condition, like cancer or diabetes.
“If they are doing it because of a medical issue, they should do it on their own, and do it with the doctor’s supervision, or have someone do it for them, or make sure that it’s done in a safe manner, or with some kind of equipment that’s in there to do it safely,” Smith said.
A former nurse told ABC affiliate KXAN that people should not use the injection machines as a medical procedure because they are “unsafe.”
“The machines don’t work in hospitals, they don’t really do anything.
They’re not safe.
They don’t do much good,” the former nurse said.
The machines are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, so there is not a national standard, and they have not been tested for safety.
Some patients have reported having trouble injecting themselves.
“It’s hard to say what’s actually happening because I’m not sure what the needle is for.
You have to take it with you,” Smith told ABCNews.
Smith and other injection machine users have said the needles are too large and they cannot fit through a large opening.
Smith says he has no health issues and he is fine with injecting himself from his neck.
He has no regrets about using the injection, and he said he feels safer injecting himself with someone than with an injection needle.ABC Health News’ Emily O’Brien contributed to this report.