Chewing Ice!!! - page 3

What does everyone actually KNOW about the connection between being anemic and the insatiable appetite for chewing ice?? I know that it is generally acknowledged as a symptom of anemia, but no one... Read More

  1. by   southern_rn_brat
    Quote from truesn
    From Dictionary.com :

    pagophagia.

    Main Entry: pa-go-pha-gia
    Pronunciation: "pA-g&-'fA-j(E-)&
    Function: noun
    : the compulsive eating of ice that is a common symptom of a lack of iron
    oh gee thanks, now I have another issue to talk about with my therapist
  2. by   Glimmer
    I am one of those that loves to eat ice... when I get a class of water when the water is gone so is the ice. Same as if I stop at a drive thru and get a drink I eat the ice when I am done. My bloodwork all came back fine in April though and I was an ice eater even before that... I remember one of my old professors stopping me on campus one day when I was chewing on some ice to tell me that chewing ice was a sign of sexual frustration!
  3. by   CoffeeRTC
    OMG, when I was pregnant with Hyper Emesis that is all I wanted.....Ice. I used to crave ice from certain places too. Would drive my hubby crazy.
  4. by   Jerico
    I don't think eating ice is actually pica.

    Pica is eating of things that are not considered part of nutrition.

    Ice is water, so part of nutrition.

    Pagophagia is eating ice compulsively.

    I think people crunch ice to either "do" something; because it feels good to crunch"; they are thirsty and don't like drinking water; it relieves nervous tension.
  5. by   Brian
  6. by   amgo24
    is it just chewing ice? or any hard material
  7. by   TShill
    chewing ice may be annoying to some people, but it is not as gross as smelling cigarette smoke on nurses when they come back in from their breaks.
  8. by   Janet T
    I don't know the correlation, but both my daughter-in-law and a coworker do it, and yes, they are both anemic.
  9. by   Momof4greatkids
    I was SEVERELY anemic a few years back ( typical h&h were about 7.0 and 21.0). I always chewed ice. It drove everybody crazy (including me). But, I always did it. I think thirst might have something to do with it. I had a hysterectomy, which pretty much rid me of my anemia and my need(?) to chew ice. It was strange, but, I would chew on ice all day and evening long in those days.
  10. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I LOVED Sonic when I was pregnant! (For those of you who do not knos what Sonic is, they have the best ice ever!) lol


    I got in a habit of eating the ice from there when I was pregnant, but then I had to eat regular ice.

    Between ALWAYS having something dental on my teeth due to a cleft palate & cleft lip, the ice habit, and the baby using so much calcium, my teeth are ruined. My dentist actually told me to NOT have any more kiddos.
  11. by   CRNAhopefulguy
    i heard chewing ice meant people were sexually frustrated. lol.
  12. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from CRNAhopefulguy
    i heard chewing ice meant people were sexually frustrated. lol.

    I'd have to check a "Does not apply" on that one. :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
  13. by   Princess74
    I eat ice all the time. I can't control myself. I do not know if I am anemic or not. I kinda think that I might be because I stay tired all of the time. I had labs drawn on Tuesday but I have not gotten the results back yet. I figure that I will get them either tomorrow or Monday. I'll let you all know if I am anemic or not.

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