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I have been severly anemic for years and started becoming obsessed with chewing ice-going through at least 6 ice trays a day. I found out from my dentist, that this is a condition called PICA, and quite common for anemics. Google it if anyone is interested.
bononi,

That is so weird because before I found out I was anemic I noticed that I craved ice. I would eat one glass of ice after another and I still do. It's like I can't get enough of ice.
This happened to me last summer when I was diagnosed with anemia. It's better now since I'm being treated but I was eating crushed ice and popsicles like they were going out of style! My hematologist told me it's common and that some people even want to eat things like sand or dirt!
I like ice too,and some people ask me what is so good about eating ice?lol
What type of anemia do you have? I have cold agglutinin autoimmune hemolytic anemia and would never think of having cold water, no less chewing ice.
[QUOTE=bononi;2740181]I have been severly anemic for years and started becoming obsessed with chewing ice-going through at least 6 ice trays a day. I found out from my dentist, that this is a condition called PICA, and quite common for anemics. Google it if anyone is interested.[/QUOTE]
I had this also. I had no idea it was from anemia. I just ate ice for 9 months thinking it was odd that ice was now my "vice." Anyway, I did find out about pica after I had been diagnosed as anemic. The need to chew ice went away after taking iron for 2 months.
kolbysmum,I think the symptom of craving ice is seen in iron deficiency anemia. My hematologist told me it's very common if you have moderate-severe IDA.
I"m new to the boards and have been told over a year ago that I was anemic but the doctor I had at the time didn't seem to concerned about it, so nothing was done. This past Nov. I started seeing another doctor who became extremely upset because my anemia had gotten so much worse since it was first noticed. I have been an avid ice eater for the past five years and I don't mean a few pieces here or there. I was buying it in ten pound bags, one a day, every day. I bought a house last year and the fridge has crushed ice in the door and I keep that thing going all day long. I never knew this was a sign of anemia until I read it here and then researched it myself. I have been on the iron tablets for the past three months and have not noticed any improvement in the way I feel at all. My doctor wants me to go for a colonoscopy(sp?) but I really don't want to go that route yet. I do have a rather heavy menstrual flow and think that may have something to do with it. I also have four artifical grafts inplanted and there is a chance they may be leaking so I am scheduled to have those checked as well. Hopefully soon we will find out what is causing this anemia because if it doesn't improve soon, the doc is talking about transfusions. Sorry so long.

DEE
Yes this is true my mom used to eat ice and she was anemic and it would annoy me to death to hear her crunching on ice all the time. Now I'm grown I'm severly anemic (on prescribed high amounts of iron that make me sick btw) and I eat ice like crazy.
I too am anemic ( Iron is 15 Hemoglobin 9.4 and Ferritin 2.7) I have been craving ice for about a year and a half. I literally eat 6-8 pounds of ice daily(I buy the 8 pound bags and eat 3/4 to a full bag a day). It drives my friends and family nuts. I am getting my first iron infusion within the next week. I hope my cravings stop.
Ice Queen-I had my first infusion last Tuesday and yesterday is the first day I stopped eating ice! I made my first cup in the morning even though I didn't need it and it didn't taste the same. My cravings are gone already!
I'm going in for my next transfusion on Thursday.
[QUOTE=bononi;2771822]Ice Queen-I had my first infusion last Tuesday and yesterday is the first day I stopped eating ice! I made my first cup in the morning even though I didn't need it and it didn't taste the same. My cravings are gone already!
I'm going in for my next transfusion on Thursday.[/QUOTE]


[SIZE="3"][COLOR="Blue"][FONT="Comic Sans MS"]That is great news. I can not wait till ice does not consume my life. Do you also notice you crave other crunchy things too like pretzels or chips and stuff like that? My first infusion is on Tuesday the 6th of February and they are using Infed? Have you ever had that type of iron?

Thanks for your input.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
that is funny my little boy ask me if people can get addicted to crushed ice. i eat it all day long, can't get enough. then complain about being cold all the time, he said maybe you shouldn't eat so much ice. lol good logic from a child
does anyone else crave anything else besides ice? i crave ice too, but also dirt, sand, anything that would crunch in between my teeth. does anyone crave anything that is considered "totally weird"? you know things people would never think to eat, but im not talking about gross things just weird things you know. cause i have one craving that would be considered really weird. i was wondering if i could share it here and see if anyone is in the same boat, or with some other craving. :confused:
i was wondeirng if anyone had any other things they crave besides ice? i crave ice, dirt, sand anything that will crunch in my teeth, but i have one thing i crave that is embarassing, people would think i was weird. does anyone have any weird cravings? would i be shunned if i shared my weird craving?
:confused:
I also chew ice now stop, finally got my doc to do a iron count and found out severe anemic and low ferritin. I have been driving my family nuts with this.
Chip
Besides ice, I wanted to eat Gain laundry detergent and Comet cleanser. I don't have those cravings anymore now that I am on iron pills.
I am happy to report that my ice chewing craving is officially GONE!!!!!! I was driving my daughter nuts, I am sooo glad that I had that infusion!!

Have a good day everyone!!! :wave: :wave: :wave:
After my first iron infusion, my ice obsession started going away. After six weeks of infusions, I can't believe I ever craved ice. Although I now need 4 crowns!!!!
The best part is that my iron level is now 11.2, the highest it has been in 6 years and I feel human again. No more spending days on the couch with heart palpatations and waking up with severe headaches.
Funny that you mention needing crowns. I went to my check-up at the dentist last week and he told me I had fractures on some of my back teeth and that eventually I would need crowns on those teeth. I knew immediately it had to be from chewing the ice and he confirmed it. Now not only do I have the anemia to deal with but teeth issues. I've tried to cut back on the ice chewing. I don't normally do it at work so much because it would drive the people around me crazy but on my lunch hour I leave with a cup full of ice and in the evening I chew on it until I go to bed.
Laura-
Please talk to a hemotologist and get the iron infusions. There is no reason why you should suffer. By being severely anemic you are compromising your heart, as well as other organs. Good luck!
Hi Bononi -

I have been to a hematologist and had a bone marrow biopsy. They found no iron in my bone marrow. They did suggest that I get iron infusions but I've been too scared to do it. I told my Dr. I would take supplements for six weeks and see if that helps - if not, then infusions here I come! The fatigue and shortness of breath makes me feel horrible.
[QUOTE=laura3377;2988716]Hi Bononi -

I have been to a hematologist and had a bone marrow biopsy. They found no iron in my bone marrow. They did suggest that I get iron infusions but I've been too scared to do it. I told my Dr. I would take supplements for six weeks and see if that helps - if not, then infusions here I come! The fatigue and shortness of breath makes me feel horrible.[/QUOTE]

Laura-

The way my hemotologist explained it to me is that if you don't have any iron stores left (I didn't), it didn't matter how many iron supplements I took-you need the stores to hold the supplements. Did that make sense? The infusions don't hurt. You sit in a chair for an hour with a needle in your arm receiving iron and you don't feel anything. I promise-I hate pain. They gave me a Benedryl drip for 20 minutes first to insure I wouldn't have a reaction to the iron. The infusions were the best thing I did for myself in a long time. Don't wait-you won't believe the difference.
The hematologist didn't tell me that but maybe that's why he and my PCP were pushing so hard for me to get the infusions. I'm not so scared of the pain but more so of the side effects or of having a bad reaction. I think I will give my hematologist a call regarding the infusions. I know it would be the quickest way for me to feel better.

Thanks for the info!
I agree. the iron infusion was the best thing I had done for myself for a long time, I do not store iron either, and will have these infusions the rest of my life, but I am so happy to feel this much better, I would do it every week if I had to. Don't wait, you deserve to feel good!





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