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Low blood count, chewing ice...any relation? Low blood count, chewing ice...any relation?

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Unread 01-04-2002, 04:47 AM
Low blood count, chewing ice...any relation?

I just got done reading a post that described alot of my symtoms, the tiredness, backpain,adult acne....and especially the "being cold all the time".......So here's my question, and hoping someone can shed some light on this......Fact or fiction.......does chewing ice have anything to do with low blood count........or is this just an old wives tale? I've had an absolute compulsion for this for quite a few months now, dating back to when things really started to get out of hand. Just wondering if anyone else had a similar experience. the last time I did this was 18 years ago while pregnant with second daughter, and I know I was anemic during that pregnancy.
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Unread 01-04-2002, 05:07 AM
Low blood count, chewing ice...any relation?

Yes! I craved ice until recently. Craving weird food when you're anemic is called a "pica." Some people even eat paper. I've been anemic for a while, and my gyn told me to take iron twice a day. I feel SO much better now, and I no longer crave ice, for the first time in months! No more dizziness, no more fatigue. Are you taking iron?

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Unread 01-04-2002, 08:43 AM
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YES YES YES!!! This is called PICA -- a craving for unusual things when you have a deficiency in iron. Some women crave things like dirt, napkins, typing paper. Even my cardiologist asked me if I was craving ice when my count was very very low! When I start munching the ice, my DH always says.... TAKE YOUR IRON!

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