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unknown2008--This is what happened to me. I never eat ice normally. I then started eating ice all the time, couldn't get enough. Went on the internet read about PICA being a symptom of anemia. Continued eating ice and a lot. Took it to the bath and even on the way to wherever in the car. My husband just put up with it, but my daughter said that I was getting out of control. That is when I thought wow this really must be something. When I went for my quarterly visit to the Endo doc, I told him and asked for the Ferritin test that the internet said you must know these numbers. He knew exactly what I was talking about and ran the test for me. He called me at home personally with the results, my Ferritin was a 2 and my Hgb was 8.6. and 7 I was told is transfusion. I've never really eaten meat throughout my life and was always told by my mom that I'm probably anemic so I didn't think anything of it. Well, now I know exactly why you cannot go on being anemic. When I tell people my first sign was PICA they think I'm strange. Many people do experience this and have commented on it on this board. I think that PICA effects people that have had a greater deficiency for a longer time, I don't know that for sure. I was not anemic 2 yrs ago. but I had a 13 Hgb back then. I finally had to have an endometrial ablation for the periods, which I have great results!

Did you get a Ferritin, B-12 and Floate? You can have more than one type of deficiency at a time. Ferritin is the iron stores in your body. FLFLOWERGIRL:)

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