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I am just curious. I know chewing ice is a sign of anemia, but before when my hgb was 8, I was craving gum and chewing it constantly. If I ran out I would have to go to the store and buy more. I was buying 3 packs a week. I felt like a smoker. It just seems funny that now that my hgb is up to 10 I do have any urge to chew gum. I wonder if there was a connection to the anemia. Just a thought. Have a great weekend everyone.

Phyllis:jester:
Hi Phyllis,

I actually was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia not too long ago, so our conditions are a little different, but I have the same problem with chewing gum! I've been the same way as you for several years now, and I know iron deficiency anemia can go undiagnosed for some time because some people have no symptoms, so it's probable with my gum chewing habits I could have been iron-deficient since I started this habit.

But at any rate, I still chew gum all the time. I go through probably 4-5 pieces per day. I have no idea if that means anything but it sure is interesting! I've been treated with iron supplements for 2 months now and still chew gum just as much though so maybe it's just an ugly habit we both have! Sure is something interesting to think about!!

Kecia
I was diagnosed with iron defeciency anemia and I had noticed way before I found out that I was anemic that all wanted to do was chew ice. It was like I couldn't get enough ice! I did read though that chewing ice is a sign, but maybe you two have something in common and you never know that someday it might just come out that chewing gum is a sign of anemia too. Hope you both get to feeling better soon. Since I have been on the B12 shots and started taking the Iron tablets, I do feel better than I did. It's a good thing something kicked in because I felt like I couldn't go much longer.

Jan:)
[QUOTE=PBREARD;2861742]I am just curious. I know chewing ice is a sign of anemia, but before when my hgb was 8, I was craving gum and chewing it constantly. If I ran out I would have to go to the store and buy more. I was buying 3 packs a week. I felt like a smoker. It just seems funny that now that my hgb is up to 10 I do have any urge to chew gum. I wonder if there was a connection to the anemia. Just a thought. Have a great weekend everyone.

Phyllis:jester:[/QUOTE]
Thanks for your replies. It just a curious thought that the need to chew was the sign of anemia and not so much what you chewed. I don't know why ice, as there is no real nutritional value to it. It was just an interesting theory. Take care all.

Phyllis





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