"I eat a lot of ice"

A reader writes:

This was the chief complaint of a 45-year old female. She’s been doing this for several months, but worse over the past several days. She would go into the freezer and nibble on ice cubes and ice chips constantly throughout the day. No other complaints, and does not have any other abnormal food cravings. She does report more fatigued than usual, but denies nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, chest pain, fevers or chills. No blood in the stools nor any menstrual irregularities.

Past medical history non-contributory, and does not take any medications. Physical exam unremarkable. She’s simply concerned about her “ice cravings”.

Pica is defined as an appetite for substances not fit for food, such as clay or paper products. Pagophagia is specifically pica for ice, and studies show this to be a specific indicator for iron deficiency anemia. The latter study studied 55 patients with iron-deficiency anemia. Thirty two (58%) had pica, and in 28 (88%) it manifested as pagophagia.

A blood count and iron studies were performed. Hemoglobin was slightly low, serum iron 35 (low), iron binding capacity 490 (high), ferritin 6 (low).

In patients without a concurrent inflammatory state, a ferritin level of less than 10 to 15 ng/dL is diagnostic of iron deficiency with a specificity of 99%. Thus, the findings are consistent with iron deficiency anemia.

Possible causes were discussed with the patient, including heavy menstrual bleeding – which the patient denied. Iron supplementation was started, and a colonoscopy was scheduled.

In the absence of a gynecological cause, the focus should then shift to a source of GI bleeding. A stool guaiac test would have been reasonable, but given the fact the patient was close to 50-years old (where colon cancer screening would have been initiated anyways), colonoscopy was chosen as an initial workup. If negative, an upper endoscopy can be considered to evaluate for sources of upper GI bleeding (i.e. ulcers or inflammation of the stomach, small bowel, or esophagus).

A study evaluating patients with iron deficiency anemia with upper and lower endoscopy showed 25% with a lower GI lesion, and 36% with an upper GI lesion. Peptic ulcer disease were the primary abnormalities found in the upper gastrointestinal tract, while cancer (detected in 11% of patients), was the most common finding on colonoscopy.

It’s always interesting to see what I’ve only read about in medical school.

(Disclaimer: Any pictures shown are not of the patient. All identifying features, including race, age, gender and ethnicity have been modified significantly or fictionalized.)

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  • Anonymous

    I was so glad to see this post! About a year and a half ago, my then-6.5-year-old daughter developed an insatiable craving for ice. A friend told me that was a sign of anemia (she’d had it during her pregnancy), but not one medical professional I spoke to had heard of that. My daughter ended up developing a variety of other unignorable symptoms and was finally diagnosed with colitis. At that point her crit was something like 19. As soon as she had a transfusion, the ice craving vanished. I told every doctor and they all looked at me like I was (still) nuts.
    Karen (wisekaren@comcast.net)
    http://verbatim.blogs.com

  • Saint Nate

    These “Zebra” cases are particulary interesting because they test how well the physician uses his or her diagnostic critieria. It also reinforces the need for patients to be as up-front and honest as possible with the doctor, even when some of the questions get rather personal.

  • Jeremy

    Unreal about the ice. We’re currently covering red cell/white cell issues and discussed iron deficiency anemia today in a small group. No mention of ice. But definitely stool occult blood tests for initial screening–but as you pointed out a colonoscopy makes just as much sense here.

    I’ll probably never forget the ice thing now…but I know I won’t remember the word “pagophagia”.

  • Junebugg

    I’ve been anemic most of my life, and no Dr. ever asked about ice!! That’s so cool. Sorry, bad pun.

  • Anonymous

    My wife (late 40s) was a rabid ice-eater and chronically anemic. She had both ends scoped and was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Within a very short time of going gluten-free the ice cravings went away.

  • Anonymous

    Fortunately, it dawned on me today to look up “ice chewing” on the internet. I have been eating ice for about the past 5 years, in varying quantities. But over the last few day, the craving has hit an insatiable peak. I haven’t been able to stop. I must have eaten hundreds of cubes over the last two days.
    And yesterday and today i was so exhausted i could barely get out of bed.
    When i looked on the internet i was not at all surprised to see ice eating associated with iron deficiency. A few months ago, when my blood was tested, the doctor mentioned that my ‘deep stores’ of iron were extremely low. So why didn’t she prescribe supplements? And why didn’t she react when i’ve told her over the years that i chew a lot of ice? And why didn’t she subscribe supplements when i’ve told her that my periods have been so heavy in the last year or so (apparently due to fibroids) that i can’t leave the house (changing tampons every hour isn’t enough).

    Why are doctors so incredibly worthless?

    Oh, and did i mention that i’m also a vegetarian? Another red flag pointing towards iron deficiency anemia. But she didn’t need flags. She had the blood test and even mentioned it, but didn’t treat.

    So, rather then stay in bed forever, i’ve begun to self treat. Beginning today i’m taking Slow FE, plus one multivitamin. I’m hoping i’ll feel better in a few days. If not, I’ll visit the doctor and see what she says.

    But i’m convinced this will solve the problem.

  • Anonymous

    and that’s interesting…i’m the person above whose doctors have apparently failed me miserably….who never asked the right questions..
    and now i’ve been doing some more research and it seems that hypothyroidism exacerbates the situation…and guess who only has half a thyroid?……
    did my doctors actually go to medical school?????

  • Dean Esmay

    Interesting.

    So what was the result with this particular patient?

  • SarahW

    Ice chewing is not a “zebra” situation. It’s practically a dead giveaway.

    Did they find the “leak”? :)

  • Anonymous

    Could it be diabetes incipides? My wife has this disease of the pituatary and when she doesn’t get her DDAVP medication on schedule she must drink lots of water. Eating ice cubes was one of her coping mechanisms before she received the proper diagnosis.

  • Anonymous

    wow. in january of last year i had laproscopic surgery for endometriosis and was diagnosed with a case of severe iron deficent anemia. my doctor did not start me on any treatment because at the time i was given lupron and was told to stay away from other treatemtns until we got everything under control. over the past month i have been eating ice like crazy. now i cannot stop. i have pretty much lost hunger for food at this point and every time i eat something substantial i get nauseaous. (i do make sure i still eat however) i decided it was about time to seek treatment and came across all of these things that add up for my obsession! it is nice to know now that i’m not just crazy, i have an actual problem that others have as well and now i can seek out proper treatment. thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure I have have pagophagia. I’ve been researching it for the past month because my ice craving sky rocketed when I started college last year. I’ve had an isatiable craving for ice going on 10 years now, but I knew I was “a little” anemic. I’m going to make a doctor’s appointment tomorrow to get checked out.

  • Anonymous

    I have a hemoglobin of 8.1 (as of 01-31-05) and I eat 10-12 16-oz. cups of crushed ice each day. I am 46 years old and have tried to donate blood over the years because they can always use my blood because I am O negative but have always been told, “You don’t have enough iron in your blood to donate at this time.” I am to see a ob/gyn next week but my periods have regulated themselves from heavy (changing tampon every hour 1st day and passing clots that are dark red, heavy and very large) to sometimes 3 days long with hardly any passing of clost. I guess it has to do with my age of 46 and that I’m headed to menopause. jchts_1216@yahoo.com

  • fibrogirl

    I am amazed at what you can learn on the iternet!I have had ice cravings so intensly that if I pass by a store with crushed ice that is all I think about!I did not think it was a problem until people started telling me that I was like an addict.I have fibromyalgia and gained quite a bit of weight and tried losing it by going on a low fat diet and have lost 20 pounds ,but now I am slowly gaining back and my ice cravings are intense.

  • Anonymous

    I have been very anemic for about 5 years now and was told for several years before that, that I was anemic too but I didn’t know what level. Endometriosis has been a way of life since I was a teen, a whole other nightmare, including 5 surgeries, which never helped for very long for that condition. My energy level is non existant! If I feel good, I go out to enjoy it, but, once I get to the store and get maybe 100 ft from the door, exhaustion takes over. It has been so bad that I have had to sit in my car and rest a while just to be able to drive back home. The iron I take doesn’t help me feel any better or raise my levels. But the doctors hadn’t ever mentioned anything about the eating of ice being related. I am very interested in why that we crave ice with anemia. I don’t even like to go do the things I love to do because of my need for ice. I take it with me but never have enough, not to mention the fact that you can’t always take it with you. I have been wanting to visit my young children’s classes at school but can’t have my ice in the classroom so I dread going, even though, I want to be there!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! And I thought I was the only “weirdo” always craving ice every moment of the day. As soon as I get to work I go straight to the ice machine and fill my mug- and I’m right back at the machine once I’ve run out. I could never figure out why I had this craving but I remember my grandmother and aunt mentioning that I as probably “anemic”. Reading up on it has been really informative and now I know that there is a solution. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    i am 49 and have chewed ice for years. my masseter muscle in my jaw is so big from chewing that doc/dentist have suggested surgery. I have now a lopsided pear shape face (the muscle on the left is biggest). I have low rbc but no one has mentioned low “deep iron” counts. My colonoscopy was fine. Any ideas? what transfusion was wisekaren speaking of?sranco@aol.com

  • Anonymous

    This is cool i thought i was the only one who loved ice this much……i mean i told my friends and theyre all oh me too i love it but they dont have to have it 24/7.I do. I dont know why i like it so much but i have to have a class of crushed ice with me everywhere…..lol i am eating it while im typing this. This is about my 5 glass in the past hour. I am scared to go see if i am anemic though cus i dont want to get a blood test. So what does that mean for me then, do i have something els other than anemia? And if i do is it really so serious that i should get treatment, i feel ok most of the time cept i feel like i could feel better to, like i am just adapting to something that i shouldnt have to, so ya if anyone reads this id really appriciate it if you could tell me what i should do. Thankyou

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad that I saw this web page. I am 57 and have been an ice addict for years. Not just cube, it has to be crushed and I started buying 2 7lb. bags every other night on the way home from work. Just two days ago I bought a 20 lb. bag and have eaten almost half of it now. I teach medical at a local college and I know about pica but I do not have any bleeding problems. I had a hysterectomy at the age of 30. I was anemic at times due to poor nutrition. Annual colonoscopy was normal. As I type this I am eating from a 20 oz. cup. As soon as I get home from work at night after teaching two classes from 10-2 then 4-8, I go right to the ice and fill up my cup pour a little root beer in it with a splash of milk. If there were a 12-step program for this I would be the leader.lol If anyone could suggest or give me some feedback I would appreciate it. I am also very thin and my friends tell me it’s because of all the ice I eat. Whatever! lol

  • Anonymous

    I also have a huge craving for ice. I have 2 big mugs (64 oz) that I keep ice in while working. I carry the extra mug in an ice chest with ice packs to keep my ice from melting too fast. I too had started buying a couple of 7 lb. bags of ice but now I’m up to a 20 lb. bag of ice every 3 days. I can not go very long at all with out crunching on my ice. It is like an addiction. I had gastric by-pass surgery in 2001. My ice cravings started about 2 years ago. I am told that I am anemic and have been taking iron but apparently I’m not absorbing it. Yesterday the doctor took 6 vials of blood for testing. Hopefully they’ll find a solution for me. Last August after surgery I had to have 2 units of blood because of my anemia. I too have told my doctors about the ice cravings but just like everyone else it seems to go through one ear and out the other. Here I thought I was some kind of weirdo. Glad to hear that I’m not alone. Yesterday I started taking my iron and B12 twice a day instead of only once. Hopefully this will help to reduce my cravings. Good luck too everyone.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe how many other women eat ice the way that I do. I bought a large cups so that when I pass Wawa or 7-11, I can fill my cups. Sometimes I have paid for cups of ice because 7-11 charges for the cups. WaWa does not. I have had two operations for fibroids. Once my blood level was really low. my family members get annoyed sometimes when I crack large hunks of ice to fit my cup. I will begin taking iron tomorrow.

    Once my friend and I almost had a physical fight because she tried to take my ice from me!

    Ice monster
    Philadelphia

  • Anonymous

    I ALWAYS HEARD CHEWING ALOT OF ICE WAS CAUSED BY A LACK OF SEX! IS THIS TRUE? HASN’T ANYONE ELSE HEARD THIS?

  • weescotsbird

    So glad you lot are out there…… I eat ice cubes by the loadful every hour of the day if i can.
    I too have 3 very large fibroids, im due to have a hysterectomy later on in the year.
    The only thing that is starting to worry be i’m starting to suffer from terrible stomach pains and my stomach seems very tender and bloated…
    Surely in the quanity that we are eating ice we must be doing some sort of damage to our insides….
    I trip to the doctors is obviously called for – but by the sounds of things are they going to take any notice of my unusal craving…

  • maria

    Wow, I too eat a lot of ice. I worry about and have even tried to stop. Doctors don’t really seem to think it a problem, maybe because it doesn’t have any altering affects like drugs do. I was able to quit smoking but the ice craving has just gotten worse. I too believe that it has to have some kind of last affect in our bodies. It would be nice to have someone take a look at it. Wow maybe I will and write a book on the instiable craving for ice. Maybe I will find a doctor who will help us.

  • Anonymous

    i cant do without ice. i admit i have a serious problem. my craving for ice is really bad. sometimes while im at home i get this terrible craving. sometimes i can even smell it. and when i get that taste or smell. i would just dissapear to go and get it. even while riding with my family in the car i sometimes have to pull over and stop and go in a convience store satisfy this craving. now since i read these testomonies. i know now that something is wrong.i will now go and get myself check out to and find out5 what is going on.

  • Anonymous

    IT FEELS SO GOOD TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER WOMEN IN THE WORLD LIKE ME. MY CRAVING FOR ICE IS INSATIABLE…
    I DID NOT START CHEWING ICE UNTIL I STARTED HAVING CHILDERN. I WAS HIGH RISK WITH ALL THREE PREGNANCIES BECAUSE OF MY LOW BLOOD COUNT. WHEN I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING I FIX MY CHILDREN BREAKFAST BUT I DON’T EAT WHAT I COOKED FOR THEM ALL I WANT IS A NICE CUP OF ICE. WHEN I AM AT WORK I DON’T EAT ALL DAY UNLESS MY HUNGER IS UNBERABLE..I WILL GO THE SANDWHICH SHOP NEXT DOOR AND GET THEIR JUMBO COKE OR LIMEADE WITH EXTRA ICE OR I AM AT SONICS EVERDAY IF NOT TWICE A DAY TO GET THEIR SONIC SIZE “OCEAN WATER WITH EXTRA ICE.” IT HAS GOTTEN SO BAD THAT WHEN THEY SEE MY CAR COMING THEY AUTOMATICALLY JUST BRING IT TO ME AND SOMETIMES THEY DON’T CHARGE. I KNOW IT IS AFFECTING ME BECAUSE I AM A DRAFTSWOMAN AND SOME TIME I GET CONFUSSED ABOUT THE SIMPLEST DRAWINGS. MY CONCENTRATION IS LITTLE OF NONE AND MY EYE SIGHT IS HORRIABLE. I AM TIRED ALL THE TIME AND I HAVE SERIOUS MIGRANIES BUT I JUST CAN’T SEEM TO STOP. I SMELL IT IN THE AIR..I TASTE IT. SOMETIME WHEN I AM WATCHING TV AND I SEE SNOW OR ANYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH FROZEN ANYTHING I AM LIKE A CRACK-HEAD I JUST HAVE TO HAVE IT.
    MY BOYFRIEND THINKS I AM CRAZY BECAUSE I WILL SAY THINGS LIKE “THAT LOOKS SO GOOD” AND WE COULD BE LOOKING AT A COMMERCIAL ABOUT GOING VACATIONING IN ALASKA..WITH THE SNOWY PEAKS AND SPRING WATER.
    I FEEL REALLY BAD AND DECIDED TO MAKE A VOW TO MYSELF TO STOP EATING THE ICE AND START TAKING MY IRON PILLS,VITIMANS AND CHANGE MY EATING HABITS BECAUSE I HAVE LOST SO MUCH WEIGHT AND MY CHILDERN HAVE STARTING DEVELOPING THE HABIT ONLY BECAUSE THEY SEE ME DOING IT.
    MY BOYFRIENDS SAYS MY SEX DRIVE HAS FALLEN TO THE WASTE SIDE BECAUSE I AM NEVER IN THE MOOD OR VERY HARD TO SATISFY.
    SO STARTING TODAY AFTER READING THIS WEB SITE I AM GOING TO STIKE BY MY VOW AND PULL MYSELF OUT OF THIS LOOP FOR MY OWN HEALTH, MY CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND THE HAPPINESS OF MY FAMILY AND SOON TO BE HUSBAND.

  • Anonymous

    My sister and I are ice eaters.
    I buy 7lb blocked ice weekly and crush it with a hammer. I eat ice every night in a big plastic bowl.
    I work in the restaurant business, so ice machines are easily assessable for my cravings..I live at the ice machines. I just found out that I have fibrods and severely anemic. My doctors has prescribed a birth control to help with the heavy bleeding I experience every month from the fibrods and a iron supplement. I hope it works. Glad to know I’m not the only person craving ice

  • Anonymous

    AHHH wonderful ICE!!!! I take spring water bottles and freeze them…the ice cracks on the walls of the container and I roll and scrunch the bottle till all the ice settles….ahhhhh regular water is lousy…give me ice!!! yea…by the way I am anemic also..haha

  • Anonymous

    Im Amarilis, Im 23 and Im adicted to ice…Yeay now we can have our own club! j/k Anyways, I also thought I was the only one that ate ice. My family thinks Im weird and they always argue with me cause they can never find ice for their water or coke…I have very heavy menstrual flows so thats probably the reason why im anemic. I love ice but not any ice, just ice cubes made from tapwater. When I first got my braces I would pay my brother to crush the ice for me because my teeth hurt and i couldnt bite my ice cubes. Im so glad Im not alone. Oh and I also scrape some of the ice that forms on top of things in the freezer! Oh well!

  • Anonymous

    I am also an ice addict. It began when I was anemic and ceased after I took iron and was no longer anemic. My doctor discontinued my iron after I had a normal blood test. However, a few months later I started to crave ice again and I knew I was once again anemic and a blood test confirmed it. I am now back on iron supplements and can’t wait for this intense craving to disappear again. I am a nurse and doctors don’t know everything. Craving ice is definately a symptom of being anemic because there are just too many people that are suffering from this addiction and having the diagnosis of being anemic!

  • Anonymous

    I am pregnant with my 3rd child and every time I get pregnant I love to chew on ice! Just thought it was a pregnancy thing. Did hear once that it had to do with a dificiancy, but never sought it out! All my blood tests are fine and never has my OBGYN ever said anything about being anemic. I was only anemic after having my first child during the delivery!
    My husband hates my ice addiction cause I sound like a dog munching on a bone! I just crave it after meals and nothing else helps. So now I’m gonna ask my OBGYN to check out my anemic status? Who knows! And then I see other’s, mainly women I assume, who have fibroids and stuff. Weird!
    I hope I can get to the bottom of this. It does go away for me after the baby. But I have to really try too! Kind of a wheening process!
    Very intersting to see how many people really love ice!!! Sometimes there is nothing like a good BIG cup of ice after another!

  • Anonymous

    i have been craving ice for about 5 months and i cant stop i like to eat ice more then food i guess we all are crazy are something

  • Missy Vixen

    While getting an ultrasound for my fibroids this week, the technician asked me if I was anemic yet. I said no, but I forgot aobut my ice cravings. I chew ice every day while at work (at least 1 20 oz. cup, sometimes 2 or more), sometimes at home, but only because I don’t have an ice producing refrig (ice at home is limited). My sister pointed out that I may be anemic and I believe she is right. I use pads and tampons because I have to change tampons every hour for the 1st 2 days of my period and, without the pads, I would have stained clothes.

  • Anonymous

    My cravings started when I was pregnate with my twins. And came back 2 months after. Ive been told that im anemiac and have hypothyroidism. My husband hates the crunching and ive been trying to stop. Glad to know im not the only one…

  • Anonymous

    This is so overwhelming!!! I type in “ice cravings” and this is what I find out. I have been chewing ice since I was a kid with my grandma. I would never had imagined that this was the result of an iron deficiency. It all became unusual to me when I became obsessively addicted to the crushed ice out of my father’s fridge. Even when I’m at my house I would literally want to drive over there and get a cup of ice. I am a fiend. It has gotten severly out of control. I mean, I eat this stuff like popcorn. I am so glad I saw this post. Now I can take control of it.

  • Anonymous

    nice to know I’m not alone being an ice cruncher ! will start on the iron supplement to see if it helps…i too have fibroids and heavy periods…the ice thing is also about the texture when i chew it…have got to stop….my teeth are suffering…
    so glad others are out there…

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this is weird reading all of these comments. I really thought I was alone. It’s like I have this personal romantic relationship with ice. I am not comfortable alone unless I have it with me. I find the largest cup I can in the house and I fill 1 or 2 and take them with me when I leave the house in the mornings and fill them all througout the day wherever I can. I am afraid to go to the Dr. but I am going to go because my Pediatric friend saw me guzzle an entire cup at her home in seconds and said “you have to be anemic to chew up that ice like that….”

  • Anonymous

    Ice eating has been a way of life for me for as long as I could remember. I justify it sometimes by saying it helps with daily fluid intake, even though I know there are adverse effects. I’m not as much an ice chewer, as I like to suck/swallow hunks of it. In the car I have the heat turned on year round because of how much I eat ice. I heard somewhere that it can mess up your body chemistry, making you more likely to develop yeast infections and ringworm. I know that i’m anemic, and my doctor just prescribed chromatin to take for the next few weeks. Has anyone heard of this drug??

  • Anonymous

    I was already in bed this evening-late. My husband was already asleep, and there I was with my book and my full cup of ice. Some times I ask him if I am bugging him, and he says no. I went to the doctor today, at the advice of the doctor I work for. The Dr. I work for suspected I was anemic with all of my ice chewing. My poor co-workers just accept my wierdness. It’s off to the pharmacy for in the morning. Anyway, as I lay there in bed tonight, I suddenly had an urge to go type in “ice chewing.” I am glad to know I’m not a lone. Hope the iron supplements help. I am glad I am not wierd alone-lol.
    Thanks for reading.

  • Anonymous

    I also eat a ton of ice. My sister is always getting on me. I keep telling her that I have to have it. This is only over the past few months. I am currently taking Metformin for PCOS maybe that has something to do with it. I to have very bad cycles somtimes I blled heavy for 20 days straight. What I really need to know is what are the side effects of eating that much ice. I always say at least I am getting my water lol.

  • Anonymous

    wow thanks guys!! i thought i was the crazy one. but now i’m a little worried. i had surgery a few years ago to remove a cyst on my ovary.now to think i mught have fibroids which means another surgery scares the hell out of me!!I LOVE ICE!! i’ll wait to i hear the ice machine so i can rush to get the fresh cubes that crush easy and taste soooo good!i guess i better start taking some iron pills and go to the OB/GYN.

  • Iris rocks

    Hi my name is Iris im 18 and addicted to ice….muaaahhhhaaah….kinda scary…i eat so much ice and cant go a day with out eating it..wow yeah i have heavy periods and it sucks … my mom says that i need to go to the doctor but i say screw it if i have anemia i have it what can i say but ICE IS GREAT ..dude…i should make shirts and sell them saying something cool

  • Tarah

    Like everyone else on this page I am addicted to ice I cant go a day without it I thought I was crazy Im so glad Im not the only everyones always telling me I have a problem. I didnt want to admit to it. Its so hard for me to sit through class and not think about a cup of ice, or how I cant wait to get home so I can have a cup I even went out and bought a snow cone maker!! I dont add flavoring. I know I am anemic I didnt think It was a bad case though I was able to give blood once ( that was a shock ) usually they turn me away. I just had another blood test done I dont know the results yet. I got it done because I havent had my period in almost 3 months but Im not pregnant. I think its stress, but could it be related to this ice craving!?! Please Id like to know Oh ya and with this prolonged Ice chewing can it be that bad for your teeth? Someone email me and let me know what you think

  • Anonymous

    MY NAME IS JEANIE AND I AM AN ICE-AHOLIC!!!

    I WAS IN GREAT DENIAL THAT I HAD A PROBLEM UNTIL MY HUSBAND DECIDED TO LOOK IT UP ON THE INTERNET. I MUST NOW ADMIT THAT I AM GUILTY AS CHARGED. FORTUNATELY, I AM IN THE BEGINNING STAGES AS I HAVE ONLY BEEN ICE-CHEWING FOR ABOUT A YEAR. I AM 48 YEARS OLD AND HAVE VERY HEAVY MENSTRAL CYCLES WHICH I ALREADY HAD BEFORE THE ICE-CHEWING BECAME AN ADDICTION. I TEND TO AVOID ICE DURING MY MONTHLY CYCLE BECAUSE IT INTESIFIES MY CRAMPS, BUT I CAN HARDLY WAIT UNTIL I CAN RESUME MY ICE-CHEWING. I WILL BEGIN TAKING A VITAMIN THAT CONTAINS IRON AND BEGIN TO WORK ON THE BAD HABIT THAT I HAVE DEVELOPED, I AM SURE I WILL HAVE SEVERE WITHDRAWLS AND WILL NEED TO BE COMMITTED.

  • Anonymous

    I too am an ice addict, from Northern Cal. I’ve been addicted for 4 years. A colleague at work teased me and said it was from “sexual frustration”. In a way that makes sense since it did start when I was pregnant with my first son! And after my second child I had a miscarriage from a third pregnancy and was diagnosed with severe anemia. My ice crunching did increase! And I too have very heavy bleeding and clots. Like many others I finally sat down tonight and randomly typed in ice crunching and I’m amazed at what I’ve learned. My teeth are killing me! I should stop! I guess I’ll have to take some iron! I have my favorite convenience stores and fast food stops which have “good ice” for crunching vs. not good. You know, those ones that are thin, or slightly melted? I love the rectangle shapes with a space between and hate the big chunky ones! It’s crazy. My husband too think’s I’m a nut because I’m such an ice “afficionado” !!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow- glad to know I’m not alone in the wonderful world of ice! I have been gradually eating more and more of it over the past 6 months or so. I’m 38 and ever since the births of my two children I have had very heavy bleeding-especially on the 1st day. So bad I can’t even leave the house. I often have huge clots too- last time one was about 4 inches in diameter! Another thing is that my heavy periods alternate- one month is really heavy, the next is not so bad. Last time almost all the bleeding stopped after the first day. Weird. I suspect I’m anemic because I’m tired a lot and my lips are pale. But I also can’t sleep at night and have almost no sex drive. Besides that my skin itches a lot. I’m afraid to see a doctor because there might be something wrong and I don’t have health insurance. But this ice thing is very interesting- it’s just so GOOD! The ones from my freezer are hard to eat because they are crescent shaped. I really like the small cubes with the dent in the middle. I never knew so many other people have these same ice cravings! Want a little water with your ice?

  • Anonymous

    I have had an ice addiction for so very many years… I enjoy the ice ‘cubes’ (actually, they are a hemi-cylinder shape) from the fridge’s in-built ice maker. At hotels I always utilise the full potential of the fridge’s ice cube tray. I also enjoy some brands of ice-blocks e.g. Quelch ice blocks, frozen coke.

    I already knew that other people enjoyed crunching ice too, but I had no idea that it was a sign of anemia. But I don’t believe that I have anemia, as I have no other symptoms. But last visit to the dentist yielded the startling revelation that my teeth have been grinding down from all the ice crunching. If I keep going on at this rate I’ll have no teeth! So I made a promise not to indulge in my ice habit too much, lol.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad that I am not CRAZY. That’s how the doctors look at me when I tell them that I eat ice 24/7. I have been eating ice now for about 2 years. I can’t get enough. I now eat at least 4lbs a day. I am addicted. I had always associated it with cooling down my body due to hot flashes. I have changed to a better balanced diet and exercise routine. I have lost over 25lbs..
    I have had my thyroid removed over 6 years ago and take synthyroid. My doctor decreases my dosage of synthyroid every 4 months. I have also developed symptoms of adrenal fatige.
    I have always told my doctors that I have very heavy cycles that include alot of large clots. I was diagnosed with amemia. My cycle will start and stop the next day, then resume heavy on the 4th day. My doctor prescribed birth control pills, but that seemed extreme since I have had a tubebulation and already take 3 meds. for bi-polar disorder.
    Has there been studies relating all symptoms of “ice eaters” that would determine any specific medical condition? I am unable to take iron supplements due to interactions with other meds. that I must take. Doesn’t it seem that it is long over due for a study to determine what the specific caused is and it’s possible treatment?

  • Anonymous

    hi i am 47 and i cant stop craving ice i dont eat food anymore i eat ice all day long i think we all need some help is there anyone that can help us

  • Anonymous

    This is soooo bizarre…I am not alone!! I have the best Rival sno-cone maker (my 3rd one) that I use about 3-4 times a day for my ice fix. While I’m at work, the ice maker works for me there. I had an endometrial ablation (I am 42 years old) just 2 weeks ago to get my heavy bleeding under control so who knows? Maybe this ice craziness will subside as well? I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had to go hypo for my treatment after surgery and it was about this time that the cravings really skyrocketed. Anyone else with thyroid problems?

  • Anonymous

    I too eat ALOT of ice. I had gastric bypass done 3 years ago and have lost 175 lbs and feel great…but I crave ice like it is going out of style. I take supplements multivitamins, b12, potassiums, calciums, and so on…but I guess I will take an extra iron supplement as well. I don’t get light headed or see spots like I used to when it go low…Time for a good DR. visit.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone here eats (water) iced like it is going out of style. Does anyone crave frozen food? I eat frozen green peas or lima beans straight from the freezer. I love to freeze fruit (cherries and grapes are my favorites). I can eat 3-4 pounds of grapes a day this way and another pound of peas. Anyone else love frozen food?

  • Anonymous

    I am not alone. Finally!!!! I have others. I have serious problem also. I am on my 10th cup today! I have always loved ice…..since I was about 7 or 8. I am now 24. But for the past 2 months it has been crazy. I have to have it after EVERY meal. My co-workers ask me have I taken an “ice break” today when I am cranky. I will eat ice in place of meals. I buy a bag of crushed ice EVERY other DAY.My friends often ask me what are you doing eating ice? I just laugh and say yeah……cause I usually am. Someone told me I should see a doctor. I really don’t want to I dont want to stop. It is almost like a drug. I know every resturants within 40 mile radius that has the “best ice”. I am sooooooo bad that there are only certain types of crushed ice I will eat.I am to the point now where I try to find other things to do instead of eating ice.

  • Anonymous

    HELLO FELLOW ICE ADDICTS, I CAME ACCROSS THIS PAGE ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO AND I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE I WASNT THE ONLY ONE WITH AN INSATIABLE URGE FOR ICE. I ALSO DIDNT KNOW IT WAS A SIGN OF ANEMIA, SO I WENT TO MY DOCTOR TO GET SOME BLOOD TESTS DONE. WHEN THE RESULTS CAME BACK THEY WERE NORMAL, BUT I FELT NOTHING CLOSE TO NORMAL. I DID SOME MORE RESEARCH AND FOUND THAT SOME RESULTS THAT COME BACK “NORMAL” ARENT TRULY ACCURATE. YOU SEE EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT, SO WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOU MAY NOT BE NORMAL FOR SOMEONE ELSE. MY ADVISE IS TO SEE AN ENDINCRONOLIGIST, THEY SPECIALIZE IN THYROIDS AND RELATED PROBLEMS. I HOPE THIS WILL HELP SOME OF YOU, IN FACT I HOPE IT HELPS MYSELF

  • Anonymous

    I have been an ice connoissoir for only a few months. I refill these two ice trays that have plus-shaped cubes that work okay, but my favorite is half melted of all shapes. I crunch and crunch. I love long solo drives because I get to crunch all I want until I can’t even talk right becasue my mouth is frozen. I talked to my firends and they all just said I will ruin my teeth. I still could not stop, so I went to the dentist and asked. He said that my fillings in the back are the type where there is a lot of metal surface and with that the ice will spread and compress the metal over time causing the tooth to crack, but that cracked teeth are rather normal for wear and tear, and do not warrant crowns and caps until they really make a true open crack, way, way down the road…so he said some of his patients chew CORN NUTS, and that, he said is murder on your teeth. He said my ice thing is fine..not to worry, go ahead and use my teeth for chewing whatever I want, that’s what they were made for. So, good, I got an okay from my dentist, GREAT! I crunched and crunched. In a seminar, there I was trying to isolate the ice out of a pitcher of water and crunching it, another attendee looked back at me funny. Later I asked that guy if he looked back becasue I was crunchng ice. He said yes in a not-too-sweet tone…I try to be aware of the noise I create with my ice crunching. Then, my mouth gets so frozen I accidentally bite the inside of my cheeks and my mouth has bite sores in various stages of healing at any given time. My tummy feels funny after 20 oz. or so, and I beleive this is the only thing that saves me from crunching every single minute non-stop. It has taken over still, though, since it determines if I accomplish certain things, such as make phone calls, or read to my kids….its a real potential problem if it continues to the distancing levels some of you already are mentioning, and I don’t want ice to determine my life for me …Now, today I saw the doctor for ultrsound. He called me urgently last week and siad I was “very anemic” and he had to do an ultrasound to see why I was this way. I had a couple known fibroids (one 3 cm 3 years ago and four small ones) and my periods were unknowingly super heavy (since I had no one to compare to) and no color in my gums, fatigued, nails and hair are dry, ridgy, terrible… all these symptoms…I punched in “anemia” on the internet…I found a site that described the many kinds of anemia…one said a symptonm was a craving for ICE Blow my mind, WOW! I had never dreamed it was connected although I was mystified by my newfound love for ice. It’s called palagaphia or something, there’s an actual name for ice loving. Besides, that, I learned ice some people with severe anemia crave paint, dirt and clay and overal, that’s called “PICA”….anyhow…It was recomended by the doctor to have a hysterectomy as soon as my red blood cells are up in about two months with iron supps and some other thing(to reduce risk of needing trnasfusion during surgery). Today the doctor said the entire problem is these two 5cm fibroids and about 6 or 8 more all in and part of the wall of my uterus. I’m told I will feel better after, hair and nails will get better, more energy, less confused, less pale, no more heavy periods. I get to keep my ovaries and thus experience menopause in ten years instead of menopause now if ovaries were taken, too. I’m 42. I’ll be in hospital two days and recovery time isn’t so bad…those fibroids are the culprit as they get old and break apart and get soggy there’s the blood loss, too much red blood cells for me to remanufacture quick enough, thus the anemia, then the ICE! It all makes astounding sense to me now. Today I began 325 milagrams of iron 3x per day. Doc said if I do not take care of this with some level of surgery on those fibroids I will have to have a transusions to replace the blood soon. And to think I thought all my fatigue and less-than-lovely hair and nails was from my big love of sweets and coffee or something, even though I eat good food, too and am not overweight. Thanks for this site.I feel better now. Looking forward to not missing my wonderful ice. -Northen California Mom

  • Anonymous

    I began eating ice seriously in May of 2005. It has progressively gotten more intense. I am on synthroid for my thyroid, I have a couple fibroids, I am 46 and alternately have horrible periods with heavy bleeding and never know what kind of period I will have. Some months I have horrible clotting, other months I have periods like monsoons. My iron came back okay at first. I got retested when I read that my iron stores could be low and they were. I am on an iron supplement and it does not seem to be helping with the cravings. The dentist said his father-in-law took zinc and it stopped his craving. So I started taking it and it is not so far having any impact on the problem. It is a problem. When I am at work with the ice crusher I eat between 8 and 12 20 ounce glasses of ice. Preferably in a styrofoam cup. I take it home in ziploc bags and eat it throughout the evening also. It does make my stomach hurt and at times I cannot talk due to a frozen mouth. I am returning to the Dr. soon because I am beginning to feel like I am out of control. The air conditioner in the car cannot blow in my face because it makes my jaws ache for ice.

  • erika (slbmiracles@yahoo.com

    I am so glad to see that I am not alone. I have been eating ice for years. I really enjoy it. I just decided to go on the internet to see what health risk will be associate with it. I have the heavy menstral flow.. clots and all.

  • Anonymous

    Finally, I thought I was strange. I eat ice all day and wake up during the night 3 or 4 times to grab some cubes. My husband and kids cant stand it Oh well I cant stop. I also have very heavy periods and am tired all the time. It’s great to know that I am not the only one. Thanks for the info.

  • Anonymous

    I too have been chewing Ice for many year!! And am so glad I’m not alone…I’ve had menses problems since I was 18, always irregular – maybe had it once every 6 months and then extremely heavy lasting for 7 days… Once I had it for 40days straight!! and never once did the doctor ask about Ice chewing or mention an iron deficincey. I recently had to have my uterus removed – abnormal cancer cell and positive paps… Still craving the ice day and night and chewing like a horse! I even put bottles of water in the freezer at work and make sure they don’t freeze up – just enough to have ice in the bottle – to chew while working.. when I go to be – the ice comes with me… I am definitly discussing this with my doctor and showing him this site!!!

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I see alot of people talking about their cravings, but I dont see any doctors’ opinions on how to subdue such cravings. Maybe I missed the link somewhere to the answer I’m looking for, if so, please tell me, if not, why isnt a professional monetoring these posts and MAYBE offering a little advice on what to do or what SHOULD be done. Thank You. -91315141510

  • Anonymous

    I am pregnant with my fourth baby and I crave ice big time. I continuously have a cup packed with ice and am always eating it. I call it my dessert an everyone thinks I’m crazy. My mom is now wondering if you can have too much water in your body cause of all the ice I drink. Sometimes if I can’t have ice I start to panic a little and my hands shake. I am low in iron. They said something about my iron level being at 9.9. I don’t know what that means.

  • Anonymous

    A co-worker told me that ice eating causes anemia. Afte reading the information on this web site, I know it is the other way around. Obviously I eat ice because I am anemic. I eat ice all day long. When I come in from a hard days work, my children automatically gives me a large 32 oz cup of crushed ice. At first the two girls would take turns crushing my ice, then I used their snow cone machine until it broke, I have recently invested in another snowcone machine. This is a bad habit that I want to stop. Now when we make it home from work and school, they fix everyone ice, it is our evening snack. The make sure I have bought enough, and even but ice trays in the deep freezer for back-up. I need to seek medical attention ASAP.

  • Anonymous

    WOW! I’ve been crunching ice for years now. I stopped for a while when I was convinced that it would chip my teeth… but I’ve always had a strong set of chops and NEVER went to the dentist in pain. I’m Vegan now and started not more than 6 months ago. At first, it was a comfort thing, but then it grew into a slow obssession… crunching ice just to calm my nerves. I have noticed that when I’m not taking a B-complex vitamin, I tend to chomp. My mother is anemic and I’ve been told that I’ve been fine… and anemic… guess it depends on who you ask. So, I’ll see and pay more attention when I’m back on the B-complex to see if this is related… it does have a sufficient amount of iron supplements included.

    Thanks all!

  • Anonymous

    i eat alot of ice cubes and have been wondering what effect they have on an individual.i have never had heavy flow of mentrual cycle.i eat it as a stress reliever.put am worried that it will affect the child am bearing

  • Anonymous

    Well used to wonder what the heck was wrong with me ICE sweet tasteless ice. Beat it with a big iron spoon go to the ICe machine. Place it in a bowl eat it constantly. I was bleeding from the hems for awhile and I think that is my problem need to get it fixed

  • Anonymous

    I crave ice to the point of filling up a 440z cup in the am on the way to work- refills during the day & a trip to Zaxby’s, or Sonic(shaved ice) on the way home. I don’t eat much food all day- maybe a cup of coffee & a snickers or pound cake from Starbucks. I have 5 fibroids & was suppose to have surgery next week. My Hemoglobin is 7.9/Hematocrit 25.8 – normal is 12/35. My doctor prescribed Chromagen 1/day(iron) & ferrous sulfate- 2/day. I had large clots with heavy periods ( 1 superpuls tampon & overnight pad- changing every hour) 1 week after the real period- she prescribed me with Progestrium (progesterone pills) – my bleeding stopped. Now she d/cd the progesterone pills- gave me a shot of Depro ( will stop my period for 3 month). I pray that my blood level goes up after taking all of this iron & eating liver & green leafy veggies. My surgery is scheduled in 2 wks. I made up in my mind to not eat anymore because by eating it, it slows down the absorption of iron. My fibroids are pressing on my bladder & I have to urinate very often. I’m having a myomectomy. I didn’t want the uterine fibroid embolization ( although quicker), it cuts off the blood supply to the fibroid. They don’t recommend it if you want kids. I can’t cut off my options like that. Those 5 areas in my uterus would not have a blood supply for an embryo to grow. Make up in your mind to not eat ice to the point of constant. The more ice you eat- the more anemic you become. I’m a nurse & most doctors (ob/gyn agree- some doctors (internal medicine) say it doesn’t matter- 6 out of 8.

  • Anonymous

    GLAD TO SEE THAT I’M AMONG MANY ICE CHEWERS…I’M 46 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN CHEWING ICE SINCE I WAS IN MY TEENS. IT WAS REALLY NEVER A PROBLEM EARLY ON. ONLY UNTIL MY LAST CHILD WAS BORN IN 1989 THAT I STARTED EATING ICE VERY REGULARLY. JUST LIKE EVERYONE HERE, I LOOK FOR PLACES ON THE ROAD TO GET ICE. WHEN I GO OUT TO EAT I ALWAYS ASK THE WAITRESS IF I CAN HAVE A CUP OF ICE TO GO. I KEEP A COOLER FULL OF ICE WHEN I GO ON LONG TRIPS. WHEN I’M PLAYING CARDS WITH FRIENDS, THEY DRINK BEER, COLA ETC. AND I GO THE THE REFER. FOR ICE. AT WORK I HAVE MY OWN ICE THAT I BUY FROM THE STORE AND NO ONE TOUCHES IT. IT’S MY OWN PRIVATE STOCK. MY FAVORITE ICE IS THE CLEAR ICE AT JACK IN THE BOX. IT DOESN’T SEEN TO BUG MY TEETH. I TO, WORRY ABOUT HAVING ADVERSE EFFECTS ON MY BODY AND HAVE TAKEN IRON BEFORE AND IT GETS ME SICK TO MY STOMACH. I GUESS I HAVE TO START EATING LIVER EVERYDAY AND FRESH SPINACH…THEY HAVE A LOT OF IRON THAT’S NATURAL WILL PROBABLY HELP ME OVERCOME THIS CRAZY ADDICTION. I DEFINATELY KNEW I HAD AN ADDICTION WHEN I STARTED CHEWING ICE IN BED AT NIGHT IN THE WINTERTIME. I’VE ACTUALLY CHEWED SO MUCH IT WOULD BRING MY BODY CORE TEMP DOWN SO FAR THAT I WOULD START SHIVERING…HOW CRAZY IS THAT..ANYHOW GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE HERE…HOPE YOU ALL FIND YOUR RIGHT SOLUTION…I’M GOING TO THE DOCTOR AND TAKING A BLOOD TEST..I KNOW I’M ANEMIC, AND WAS TOLD SEVERAL YEARS AGO. TAKE CARE EVERYONE.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been anemic off and on for years and have been refused when I tried to give blood when the drop they put in just stayed afloat on the top of the test tube. I finally took it seriously and started taking the Slow FE (2 a day)at my doctor’s insistence. I realized, after a few weeks, that my ice cravings had disappeared. I knew there had to be some link, so I looked up anemia and saw that “pica” was associated with iron deficiency. When I clicked on “pica” and saw ice chewing listed as one of the “odd eating behaviors” I almost fell off of my chair! I couldn’t believe there was such a thing listed as an eating disorder. My husband was always yelling at me (at night before going to bed) to stop because he hated hearing that crunch, crunc crunch sound. I, too, wonder why dentists and medical doctors don’t seem to have a clue about this. I finally fessed up to my dentist once the cravings left me. They really should be taught this in dental school don’t you think?

  • Abetha Lana M.

    I just turned 17 and I’ve been anemic on and off since I was about 4. About a year ago I started eating ice and now I eat it everyday. I was doing a search about ice eating to see the effects of it on teeth and I was suprised to find this. I never knew it correlated with being anemic. I’ve also had strange cravings for chalk, paper, and rocks over the years. I just switced doctors and I’m suprised my previous doctor never informed me on this.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, it is so amazing that my ice cravings have been diagnosed! I was just for the heck of it checking because someone else said that women that eat alot of ice are Sexually frustrated and I just remembered and decided to search it out on Google. Thank God for this website, I guess I will start to take those prenatal Multi vitamins that I have on my shelf along with a visit to the DR. Thanks Ladies!! Very much appreciated!!

  • Anonymous

    What a surprise to read all the stories about ice cravings!! I can identify with almost all of them, to include licking paper, having anemia, scoping places out for “good” ice, etc. I’ve even had cravings for starch, which I frequently saw my aunt eat in the 70s. However, my craving for ice outweighs them all. I finally purchased an ice shaver to save my teeth (just got out of braces), and now I’m really addicted. I can’t wait to get home from work everyday and concoct some new creation from the ice shaver. I thought I was crazy too, but I hope to get this habit under control before I damage my $5000 smile. Your comments have shown me that I’m not in this alone.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad to see that I am not the only one who east ice! I love the taste of it. I have been eating Ice for about 2 years now. However, in my case I am not anemic and I don’t lack iron. Does anyone have any suggestins as to why I eat so much ice? I have yet to get nay answers.

  • Anonymous

    Ice chewer for about 12 years, as long as i have had my cycle. I buy 5 bags of sonic ice per week, and finish every cube before the week is up. I was diagnosed anemic 11 years ago. I can’t absorb iron. Before giving birth I have to have b12 and iron shots in my thigh every 3 days. My count goes below 10 when pregnant. I have heavy bleeding for 2 days, then it stops, and then comes back on day 5. Just noticed clots last month. Also, noticed one poster mentioned migraines. I have migraines twice a month since my cycle started. (12 years) Wondered if anyone else has migraines, if they are caused by my anemia, or possibly fibroids which i have never been tested for.

  • Anonymous

    This is so odd. I started eating ice when I was 15, now 22. Consumption has definately increased with age. I have been turned down three times to donate blood. Then, I went to the WIC office to get WIC, and on one of their questionairres, it asked if you, or anyone in the household, eats chalk, starch, clay, paper, or large amounts of ice. I thought to myself… “Those other things are pretty far out, but what’s wrong with my ice eating?” So I brushed it off, but mentioned it to my aunt after a discussion ensued about eating ice. She was messing around on her comp. and apparently was thinking of me and my mention of it apparently being out of the ordinary when she stumbled upon this page. She sent it to me, and WOW do I identify with most of you!!! I did have low iron when I visited the WIC office. After I delivered my second baby, they did send me home with iron pills, but they make me SO incredibly constipated. Take that and mix in the unmistakeable ‘I’ve given birth’ hemmorhoids, and NO… I’m NOT taking them. I used to buy a 7lb bag twice a week. Now I’m lucky if the 20lb bag lasts half of the week. (That doesn’t include the ice I buy on the way to work, the ice I buy on lunch break, or the ice I stop to buy before I pick up the babies) Tonight I actually drove 15 minutes to a store that has the perfect crushed ice, even though I have half a bag left in my freezer. I, too, have incredibly heavy periods, but most of you only use super plus tampons with an overnight pad for the first 1 or 2 days, but I use them for at least 4. (Changing at least every 1-2 hours) I, too, have horrible migranes, and my eyes have gone absolutely insane. I get headaches in my eyes that cause such dizziness that I’m not able to function. I see many spots in my eyes, which they say is high blood pressure, but I definately don’t have that. I’m tired ALL the time, but I figured that was because I have a 2 year old boy and a 5 month old baby boy. Makes sense, right? The last couple of days I’ve been having really bad pains in my ovary area, and my stomach has been bloated. Somebody also said they can’t concentrate at work. That’s me, too. I just chalked it up to be tiredness, though. I guess I am lucky that my husband isn’t at all annoyed by my ice eating habit. My son likes to join in now and then, but never asks for it when I don’t have some next to me. I’ve never been tested for fibroids, though. And why is it that we all seem to be females? Does this weird thing not plague men? Damn the luck. One more thing is that I live in Florida, and I always thought I was just eating more ice to cool myself off a bit from the unbearable heat. I guess that’s probably not the case. My husband does always say, “You really are quite sexually frustrated, aren’t you” which isn’t the case at all, but tought it was funny to see the same thing here. We should start a support group, or at least all come back with results from testing. Do our own research! But I will definately be calling my doctor. I think I will print this page and take it with me as some kind of evidence that I’m not insane. Best wishes to all of you… may your cravings for ice MELT AWAY!!! LOL (Sorry… I couldn’t resist)

  • Anonymous

    I craved ice when I was pregnant 10 years ago but have started craving ice again a few weeks ago.I know I am not pregnant and like so many of you I have had very heavy periods with clots. I know I probably have fibroids but don’t like to go to doctors. Guess I had better. I also crave WinterGreen lifesavers.

  • Anonymous

    I have never done this before – made comments on the internet! but I can’t resist now knowing that I among many who crave ice! I have craved ice for who knows how long – I have lost count – at least 10 years+. In the last three years I was diagnosed with anemia and hypothyroidism. The doctor prescribed iron pills until my iron level returned to normal and I am on synthyroid. My ice cravings haven’t changed maybe increased. I eat ice every chance I get. Use to be I would eat ice cubes (I have 2 broken teeth but my daughter bought me an ice shaving machine and I will never go back to cubes! I’m hooked on shaved ice! It is the best! You cubers don’t know what you are missing! I had always heard ice cravings was associated with anemia but after reading the comments maybe has to do with the low thyroid too!

  • Anonymous

    I was just eating a cup of ice just like i do everyday allday and as i was eating the ice I wondered why do i want i ice every minute cup after cup my menstrual cycle has recently began to be very heavy and I called the doctor just yesterday and it is quite amazing because i then got on the internet and looked it up and this what i found there are more people like me although this is a very serious condition

  • Anonymous

    I feel like I have found Ice Eaters Anonymous! I’m a female in my mid-40′s. The ice maker on my freezer can’t keep up with me. Sometimes I have to supplement with ice trays. When I go out I always stop by fast food restaurants and get a cup of water (which is free), then I drain the water and eat the ice. I don’t leave home without a cup of ice in my hand. There are cups all over my house from wherever I finished the last cup of ice.
    I guess tomorrow I’ll be out buying some iron.
    Has anyone heard of any bad side effects from eating ice, besides an occasional broken tooth? I wonder if it does harm freezing my insides!

  • Jamie

    I have been an ice chewer for years. It has always come and gone with different levels of intensity. I am 43 yrs old, and this past 6-9 months has been by far the worse. I hate to mention that I am also a dental hygienist. And Yes, ice chewing is hard on your teeth, especially if you have a lot of large, older silver fillings in your mouth. I will go get a physical soon, get my iron checked etc. I do however know that I have problems with my esophogus (ulcerations and it narrows at the opening in to the stomach), I have fibromyalgia and I am very tired lately. More so than usual. Thank you everyone for sharing your craziness with the rest of us, I would like to hear a few success stories as to what others have done that has helped. sincerley, Ice Chewing Dental Hygienist.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God!!!! I was beginning to think that I was losing my mind. I am eating ice so much that I’ve found myself not only banging the ice holder against the counter to get the tiny crushed ice from the bottom, but I’m eating several large cups of ice a day. I get so upset if I go to the freezer and there’s no ice that I snatch the trays out, fill them and go to the nearest McDonald’s for just a large cup of ice! This started several months ago and just recently I started gaining weight so i took a pregnancy test this morning to make sure I didn’t have a “little one” hiding out inside of me. When I finally opened my eyes and saw the words “not pregnant” in front of me I was somewhat relieved, but I jumped on the computer to find out if there was anybody in the world experiencing my symptoms. Not only have I notice some chest discomfort, but my periods are so heavy that there are days that I have to call off work because a super-plus tampon and a pad [almost the size of a diaper] only hold for about 15 minutes max. I am going to try some of the suggestions here and hopefully I will be able to login soon and give you all some good news. Thanks so much for all the information!
    biggurl68@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous

    I had heard about this ice craving many years ago but until recently never had it myself or knew of anyone that had had it assoc. w/anemia. I had a bleeding ovarian cyst that had been seeping. It wasn’t until it had ruptured completely and I was taken to the hospital that this crazy craving for potato chips and ice was revealed. So concerned with the fact that I was pregnant it had never crossed my mind that the heart palpitations, weakness, chills, irritability and headaches were all stemed from this hidden anemia. It’s amazing how are bodies try to communicate with us and how dumb we feel knowing we didn’t listen to it??? Now I know the “urban legend” isn’t so urban after all. Thanks for the posting!

  • Anonymous

    I had heard about this ice craving many years ago but until recently never had it myself or knew of anyone that had had it assoc. w/anemia. Unbeknownst to me I had a bleeding ovarian cyst that had been seeping, apparently for quite some time. It wasn’t until it had ruptured completely and I was taken to the hospital that this crazy craving for potato chips and ice was revealed. So concerned with the fact that I was pregnant it had never crossed my mind that the heart palpitations, weakness, chills, irritability and headaches were all stemed from this hidden anemia. It’s amazing how are bodies try to communicate with us and how dumb we feel knowing we didn’t listen to it??? Now I know the “urban legend” isn’t so urban after all. Thanks for the posting!

  • Corinne

    I am so glad I found this website. I wanted to know how ice is related to Anemia. I have learn that I am Anemic at 9 count. I should be in 13-15 cound of normal blood Iron. I need Iron which my doctor will prescribe this week. In the meantime I must start eating all dark green veg., red meat, liver (yuck). Also learn that low in iron also causes thyroid gland imbalance. So when you check your Anemia check your Thyroid. Please watch your ice cubes because it can cause root canals! I would be cold when I don’t eat ice and then walking up the 8 stairs in my home; I notice how weak I am and thought wow need to go work out more. I was wrong, I notice the change in my eating habits…….I lose the nack for eating and just want ice.

  • Anonymous

    I have had cravings for ice since I was diagnosed with mercury poisoning and they began stirring it up to pull it out of my body. I have started on iron and the cravings have been controlled but every time I have a chelation it comes back because of the stirring up of Mercury. Mercury causes blockage of iron absortion. Some of you who have low iron for “no reason” might get a chelation test to diagnose high Mercury levels.

  • Anonymous

    Do any of you ice chewers have other cravings. I also eat a lot of saltine crackers and see one poster mentioned potato chips. Anyone else?

  • Anonymous

    I am in my third pregnancy and with all three have craved ice chips like there’s no tomorrow. It’s a drag because I constantly chew ice chips (with a splash of water) but then I am constantly running to the bathroom. I chew it all day long and bring a solo cup full of ice with me when I’m in the car – I have so much I am afraid I am going to ruin my teeth. Thank God for the crushed ice option on my refrigerator. I had NO IDEA this was common and I will definately brind this up to my doctor – I would welcome some help getting over this addiction!

  • Anonymous

    I started chewing ice when I was pregnant with my daughter in the summer of 2001. I figured it was just a craving of my pregnancy and would end when I gave birth to her. Well, here it is November of 2005 and I am still chewing ice. I had heard it was a symptom of something but just today figured I do a little research on it. This was the first site that came up and I know I’m not alone. That’s such a nice feeling.

    I tested anemic when I was in a wreck 16 years ago, but they were not too worried about it. It’s never been mentioned by a doctor since. I do have heavy periods and always have.

    I want to find out what wrong because I am damaging my teeth chewing all of the ice. I hate that but I can’t stop it. It is truly an addiction worse that any other. I quit smoking almost two years ago, but I can’t quit my ice chewing!

  • rshawnsimpson

    OH MY GOSH!!! I DONT FEEL ALONE ANYMORE I GUESS WHEN YOU SEE THAT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHERS THAT HAVE THE SAME ICE EATING HABIT AS YOU IT DOESNT SEEM AS BAD. I BUY ICE 7LB BAG EVERY OTHER DAY AND I GET MAD IF ANYONE GETS ANY OF MY GOOD ICE, I DONT CHEW ICE CUBES, THEY HURT MY TEETH, DUE TO THE FACT THAT I EAT SO MUCH, MY TEETH NEVER HURT I GUESS THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL MAKE ME STOP, I CAN NOT STAND PAIN AT ALL. I TOO SUFFER FROM HEAVY MENSTRUAL PERIODS AND ANEMIA, BUT I ATE ICE FAR LONG BEFORE THE ANEMIA AND THE HEAVY PERIODS STARTED. I TAKE IRON SUPPLEMENTS NOW BUT I FEEL LIKE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME EATING ICE, ITS A SERIOUS ADDICTION, AND I WONT STOP I THINK CAUSE ITS NOT HURTING ME OR ANYONE ELSE…IM A ICE HEAD!!!! HAHAHA

  • BlueEyez

    It is amazing to me that so many women out there do this, and are accused by friends & family of being a nut! I too eat ice constantly. I just started doing this a few months ago, so I imagine I should count myself one of the lucky ones. (???) I have gained over 50lbs in the last 12 months, been tested for just about everything (thyroid, diabetes, colonoscopy, sleep disorder) and have not had any luck. I don’t know if the ice thing is related to the weight gain, as my progesterone levels were low and I now take that 10 days a month, but my period has been excessively heavy for the last six months, to the point of making it difficult to go anywhere for five days unless I pack my purse and make sure to know the location of every restroom in town! I am exhausted all the time (hence the sleep study) even after a full 8-hr night of sleeping. And to think it could all be ANEMIA! Wonderful! Thanks to all who posted!

  • Nia

    So glad for this post!!! Now I have a cure! –lol I hope…but I like ice.

  • Anonymous

    “Nugget” or “pellet” ice, from Braums or Sonic is the best; I saw someone else talk about the SMELL of ice…I totally agree!! I am being worked up for Chrohn’s disease, anemic from that.

  • Anonymous

    Unbelievable, I had not idea so many other people have this bizarre habit of eating ice. I started when I was 16, so it has been about 6 years now and I can’t stop. My fmaily hates it and bugs me about it all the time, but I can’t stop, I don’t even listen to all the things they say about how it will ruin my teeth, I just want my ice. I just recently found out that I am deathly anemic so I am on iron supplements, but my ice cravings aren’t going away. I don’t have particularily heavy periods, not like others here, but I found out that I may be bleeding internally from an ulcer. I am on antibiotics for H. pylori bacterium which is an infection in your stomach that can cause ulcers and gastritis. I had an UGI x ray drinking the Barium and all, and now I have more tests to go take before I can see the GI specialist. Seriously I want to stop chewing ice, but it is such a bad craving, its the first thing I go for when I get home.

  • Anonymous

    I have been eating ice for the last past two years and I can relate to most of the comments posted. heavy periods,dizzines, low blood,weight gain, cold all the time, you name it i’ve probably experienced it. Family members and friends warning me of its serious effects. I must say I’m a little concerned about my health as well and I have decided to stay on my b12 and iron and STOP eating the Ice with the help of the Good LORD. B-Blessed

  • Anonymous

    Ice was minor for me, the big one was bunches of parsley. It seemed to be the crunch in the mouth that I needed, because juicing the vegetable did nothing for the craving. When parsley was unavailable, yellow celery hearts did the job, or scarlet runner beans off the vine. I ate abour $5.00/day in parsley. My ferratin level was around 1 and hemoglobin below 60. My doctors still don’t think my addiction had anything to do with the iron deficiency.

  • Anonymous

    I see lots of post about eating ice and what signifies. Is there any info as to why eating ice? what is it about ice that satisfies the urge. Is it triggering some sort of chemical release – it seems to energize for a small amount of time. Any thoughts?

  • donna

    i am a 48 year old female who also eats ice constantly. freezing bottles of tap water and then smashing them to crush the ice and shake out the smallest pieces. someone asked if this is serious enough to go to the doctor about.
    YES
    i went to my dr because i began having pain in my legs.
    the pain increased over months and spread to other limbs, and got to the point where trying to stand was an agony of pain and i sometimes could no longer walk. at the same time my period was not simply heavy it was constant non-stop for months.
    my dr did the blood work up and discovered that i had become diabetic and also that my white cell count was double what it should be. so He referred me to a specialist, a hemotologist/oncologist and seperately a gyn.
    the gyn found fibroids and did a biopsy that came back ok. the hemotologist worked up my blood and found that i was severly B12 defiecent and anemic.
    One of the first questions he asked me was if i liked to chew ice!!
    it is a symptom that your body is telling you it needs something its not getting.
    in my case the low b12 was preventing my blood from absorbing iron. He put me on a regimen of weekly b12 shots and a triple dose of iron every day. after one month he says the b12 will be cut down to once a month BUT that i will have to have it Every month FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!
    ive been on the regimen for about five weeks now it hasnt changed my blood by that much but now i can stand without passing out and some days i can walk without a cane.
    Is this serious enough to go to the doctor as soon as possible?
    Yes.
    Please go. dont wait like i did until you can barely stand or walk.
    the dr says he will give me 4 more weeks to improve and if not he is putting me in the hospital and pumping iron directly into my veins by iv.
    trust me on this
    Go Nos.
    thanx for reading this. -donna

  • donna

    Addendum:
    Go Now*.(spelling last post)
    Amemia may just be one of the most misunderstood ailments of the body. i know for years i just nodded and said oh ok and went on about my business because i had heard it so often. i just never credited it with being a serious condition. im an older and wiser woman now.
    Anemia must be taken seriously .
    think of it this way. iron helps produce red blood cells that carry oxygen to the cells of your body. if you dont have cells that are carrying oxygen at 100% capacity then essentially your body is starving for oxygen.
    so your body tells you with cravings – Like ICE.- that you need something you are not getting.
    and i have to wonder how much else i put in my mouth is a craving coming from this. and just how much weight i gained was because of cravings because my body has been starving for oxygen?
    Think about it.
    One last thing, as for ice chewing being bad for you. its ice just ice. frozen water. water is not going to hurt you no matter how much you drink. now socially if people are getting on you about it just tell them its a medical condition you need the ice so back off. :)
    my tap water comes through metal pipes and i have always noticed that if i leave it sit and melt completely sediments that were dissolved in the water settle. perhaps some of those are natural iron that was dissolved in the water and our bodies recognize it. and by freezing the water the iron is more available or identifiable by a faint iron taste.
    just a thought.
    thanx for reading this.
    i pray for everyone to have iron rich blood – happy ice chewing in the mean time.-donna

  • icequeenofolkahoma

    Well, Ice chewers united! I had no idea this was such a common experience among other women! I have been an ice eater since my hysterectomy several years ago. It had gotten so bad that I ruined my teeth, resulting in having to have dentures. Now I have gone through two sets!
    I am also type II diabetic, diagnosed about 4 years ago. Connection maybe? I have my bloodwork done every three months, so I am sure if I had iron problems, it would have shown up by now. I do sometimes have bloody stool, but had a colonoscopy and doc believes the blood (fresh) is just an aggravation of a rectal tear from delivering my son (12lbs at birth). I am going to start taking a low dose of iron supplements just in case to see what it does. Will be interesting to see if my craving diminishes.

  • Anonymous

    I am soooo glad to hear of others who are eating ice – not alone having fibroids, which I have, and I have been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid – anemic? I hope not…but since I love this ice – I just may be…for you ladies our there with the heavy periods – to which I have – or USED to – now I take Magosteen Juice and it’s helped me – I took it last month and ran out 3 days before my period started – however, when my period came, I forgot all about it! Because the Magosteen Juice help my pain. I’ll check in with this site again next month…I’m still checking out the juice to see if it is that remarkable. Feel free to email me if you’d like to try some! tiabrantley@aol.com. As for the ice…I’m still trying to figure out if it damages your teeth – if this is the case, then I will stop chewing it and find some other remedy to my madness!

  • Anonymous

    This is sooo weird…I too am an ice eater. I’m 39 years old and I know that I’m “borderline” anemic. I’ve been chewing ice for about 7 years now, right after I had my daughter. I just thought I was just crazy, but it wasn’t until I read all of these comments that I realized I’m an “addict”. The only time I don’t eat ice is when I’m asleep. I eat 5-7 “Big Gulp” sized cup of ice during my 8 hour workday. I come home and eat another 10 maybe. I have an ice maker at home but it doesn’t make the ice fast enough to accumulate in the bin, so I have to buy bags of ice so I know I’ll have enough at home. My coworkers have written me off as a nutcase because I eat all of the ice in the ice maker at work. Certain types of ice are better than others..I prefer ice that is opaque white in color because its texture is softer and easier to chew. Clear ice is harder and hurts my teeth, but if thats all that’s available, I’ll eather run hot water over it or crush it so that it’s easier to chew. Since it makes me cold, I sit directly in front of a space heater on “high” and eat ice while watching TV, or reading. I eat ice while I’m driving. It’s scary because now my 7-year old daughter is beginning to ask me for ice too. My doctor gave me chromatin to take twice a day, but it gave me nausea. I gues I’ll try it again because I’m driving my friends and family nuts!

  • Anonymous

    My office mate chews ice from morning to night and I am about over the edge with it. I can’t concentrate and I don’t want to hurt her feelings. I have told her that it bothers me and she hasn’t changed her behavior. I don’t want to take away her ice because she obviously really enjoys it and maybe is addicted, but I can’t keep listening to this or I’m going to lose it. I’ve talked to my supervisor who told me to just take it away from her and tell her “it’s time to wean you now”. I know that if someone did that to me I would hate them.

    Anyone who has this ice craving – what would you recommend I do to help myself and be compassionate toward her?

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps you should tell her what you found on the internet. Maybe she could see her doctor about possibly being aenemic. In the meantime perhaps you could find her some crushed ice to cut down on the crunching noise.

  • Anonymous

    I have been eating ice for over 5 years (since I was about 11 or 12) I am 17 1/2 and It seems to have skyrocketed, I can’t stop going into the freezer for it, my mom buys the big bags. she used to chew it when I started, now she doesn’t, but I am so addicted, it seems to also relieve my stress, I eat the round ice cubes with the holes through them, and I like when they’re white. I’m glad I’m not alone.

  • Anonymous

    Cool! I’m not as wacky as I thought, thank God other people eat ice like I do. I also have fibroids & constipation, but, I had never thought about having my iron checked.
    Thanks!!

  • Anonymous

    I cannot believe that there are so many people with the same habit as me! This is amazing. But yea, I’m 19 yrs old and have been eating ice for 3 years. I eat a cup of crush ice everyday, but since I’m in college i have to get the big cubes and let them melt in some water then chew away. Everywhere I go I have to have a cup by my side. My family, fiends, and roommates say it’s a shame that I eat ice soo much. I have bad cravings which my mouth waters when I can’t get to ice, I also make trips to Zaxby’s (20min away) to get a cup of the small square crush ice. Those are my favorite. I am scared that I may have anemia or maybe something more serious. I know it may affect my teeth but I just can’t stop. What to do???

  • Icewoman

    Hi….I live in california and I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor…if that wasn’t enough….I have this ice fixation….gotta have it…found out I was anemic….well that is great but the dr. also said you are a special case though…I said oh really why is that…well you have porhyria cutanea tarda…which means you can’t have alot of iron in your system or your lesions will get worse…oh lucky lucky me….so I am wondering what can I do….one dr. put me on iron supplements which yes…you guessed it…made the lesions worse….so went back to my oncologist…he says…we have to do blood draws to get your iron level back down so your lesions can heal…and stay out of the sun…oh boy…lucky me…I have to become a nite owl now. So the first blood draw was done..they took a pint…you talk about tired….man…and then I started to eat more ice of course…but I can’t take iron…any one have any ideas ?????

  • Anonymous

    Hi my fellow ice craving junkies. During my 3rd, 4th, and 5th pregnancy, I had to have crushed ice constantly. My 5th child is now 5 and I still crave ice. I have gone through 3 ice shavers and ordering another one today. Those that like the shaved ice will love this idea. I will be ordering my 4th from the site listed below. A 16 ounce styrofoam cup (which helps keep the ice freezing cold and powdery like snow) also fits perfectly under the ice shaver. I always keep 4-6 cups in the freezer. When I get down to two cups, I start replacing my supply. I have a cup with me always and can’t even estimate how many cups I go through in a day.

    http://www.hawaiianshavedice.com/snowconmac.html

  • Anonymous

    I eat ice and know that it is a symptom of anemia. When I take my iron supplements, my craving for ice goes away. The only problem is taking the iron. Iron tablets are nasty little things that make all other foods taste horrible, so taking them means you know you are going to have a horrible taste in your mouth.

    Not only that, I have reflux and have to take Prilosec for that. The instructions say not to take iron and Prilosec at the same time or within 1 hour before or one hour after taking any antafcid or eating egss, whole grain breads or cereal, milk, milk products, coffee or tea. So… what’s a girl to do? The only thing I can figure out to do is to take the Prilosec in the moring so I can eat my whole wheat toast, eggs, and drink my coffee, then take the iron at night before I go to bed. I hate taking the iron. I hate pills of any kind.

    I go to my doctor next month and plan to ask if I can have iron injections. He told me once that we could do that as a last resort, but it was dangerous.

    Wishing everyone all the best with figuring out what causes this strange eating habit. Oh… and now I’ve developed this additional strange habit of wanting to eat soda crackers. I think I could live on soda crackers, diet coke and ice for the rest of my life. That’s not a good thing. :(

  • Anonymous

    oh my god, i eat ice all the time. I want it badly all of the time, sick part of all this is that i think it tastes delicious. i’m going to the doctor cuz i think i have pica. WOW!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! I am also an ice cruncher, I had a blood transfusion a year ago I was eating ice so bad that I would wake up in the middle of the night to eat ice, sometimes my tongue was numb and I would get little cuts on my tongue but I could not stop as soon as they gave me some blood it was not that bad, but guess what I’m back to my old habit there has to be some kind of bleeding going on mine is due to heavy periods I don’t get one from 3 to 4 months and then I get hit hard I’m weak, sleepy, fatigue and for all my friends that LOVE ICE!!! Sonic has the best ice to bad their not open 24/7 galee, we are really bad well to all take care and don’t forget to take your iron pill.

    p.s
    at least we won’t be attracted to vampires. lol just kidding we do have to have a little sense of humor. but please do take care it is very serious I was in the hospital for 6 days and i think the nureses don’t like it when you want ice every hour take care! ;)

  • Anonymous

    hi ,i have just read your page on ice eating ,i am simply amazed at what i have .
    i too eat alot of ice ,most of my family eat ice so i thought i got it from them,i am happy to know there is a reason for this, just resently i went to the doctor ,and he said i might be anemic ,but i did not take him on ,he also sent me for a blood test witch i have not gotten as yet.
    when i go to work it is realy bad ,i cannot pass by the fridge without gatting some ice ,this goes on for the whole day,somtimes i cannot wait for the ice to form i takk it also i full the tray with very little water so it will be easy to eat.all day long .i would walk the baby in the pram and i will have ice cubes in a napkin on the traay of the pram so no one will see.the frighting thing is that iaam feeling tightnest in my chest when i eat too much and this very bad,my tongue gets numb but when it cools of i am at it again,when i am home alone i put the tray on the table and take every time i pass,i too crush ice with a hammer ,so thanks form the article

  • Anonymous

    Wow, and I thought I was the only one who craved ice. I’m 30 and my ice cravings started about 7 mos ago while I was pregnant. I had an anemia test done but the doc said I was “borderline” anemic, whatever that means. I LOVE ICE and even though my baby is almost 5 mos now, I still eat it constantly. I bring it with me if I can, and love to let it sit in the glass and get a little “melty” lol. Also I ate it so much the ice maker broke (oh no!) and now we have to buy bags, and the last 20lb bag we bought I ate it all and my husband went to get some ice and it was gone, and he got irritated. I told him, at least I’m not munching on chips or something! :) Any comments on how to stop? Does it mess up your teeth?

  • Anonymous

    WANNA HEAR A FUNNY STORY! I love eating ice, especially crushed- love the taste, the coldness and the crunchiness. So a couple days ago I went to the freezer, got some ice and put it in the food processer to crush it. Put it in the glass and took a big mouthful, yummie, right? Heck no! What I didn’t know was that my brother used the processor a few weeks ago to chop HOT chilis for his salsa. He washed it but I guess not very well. Try crunching on chili-flavored ice. I choked it was so spicy. LOL

  • Anonymous

    I hate it when I go to my in-laws and they have the worst tasting ice ever. They never replace their water filter so the ice tastes like dirt. I have to stop and get a cup before we get there! Man, it could be worse…at least we’re not craving alcohol or something like that.

  • CHAR

    Ice lovers unite! I too am an ice addict. I eat several cups and trays of ice daily. I crave it as soon as I wake up, and always after eating. I will take it anytime ! I have it down to a science I have 8 ice trays at home and I make ice “slivers” by placing small amounts of water in them so I don’t damage my teeth (I never eat whole ice cubes they are too hard on the teeth). No one else can use my 8 ice trays. I agree with the one blogger their are different grades of ice. I like the freezer burn smell. I chip the ice from my sister’s old freezer because it taste and smells the best. I call that my imported ice because I actually have to drive to her house to harvest it. I am a OR nurse and we have a deep freezer for tissue storage, and every time I open that freezer I smell that sub zero ice and I want it so bad but that would be really gross. I also search the corner stores for the finest ice, some of it just crunches easier. I also eat snow off my car-it’s fluffiness is worth it- I know that’s gross too. By the way I’m anemic too my H/H was 7.3 and 24.7. I also have fibrois and flow like a stuck pig. I flow so heavy I use bladder control pads(they work wonders!). I’m going to try iron supplements again but they make me constipated and hungry, but I will try them again. I’ve been fatigued for so long I would’nt know what to do if I had energy. But I will never be too tired to eat my ice! P.S my dog loves ice too, he waits anxiously for me to drop some or give him a sliver.
    I always say I could be addicted to something worse! Ice has no calories, it’s good for you and most times it’s free, you could’nt ask for a better addiction.
    The only drawback is that annoys people around you. Oh well-carry on my fellow ice lovers!

  • Anonymous

    Symptoms as gleaned from several internet sites

    People with iron-deficiency anemia have symptoms caused by a low level of oxygen in the blood. These include:

    breathlessness
    tiredness
    dizziness
    rapid, weak pulse or palpitations
    headaches

    Less common symptoms can include: tinnitus (ringing in the ears
    altered taste
    swallowing difficulties
    reduced attention span
    and in children, behavior and development problems.

    People with iron deficiency may also have:

    pale skin
    brittle nails
    cracked lips
    inflamed tongue
    gum infections
    immune disorders

    Some sites say that it’s very rare that people present with pica, which is a craving for non-food substances such as ice, but I think it’s more common than studies have shown.

    I was also surprised to learn from the internet that it’s not as easy to replace iron once it is lost by just eating right. One site suggested that only 10% of iron eaten would be absorbed even with normal people. Those that are under stress, have sickness, or have bodies that are other wise compromised would absorb even less.

    Since I first started trying to learn more about why I eat so much ice and finding the anemia connection, I’ve found that I have all the symptoms listed above in varying degrees as well as exema and psoriasis arthritis.

    Maybe making a list of all ailments would help the doctors be able to identity what causes us to eat ice. It may be something as simple as the reason we stratch when we itch, but I sure would like to know.

  • Anonymous

    Hi I am also addicted to ice. I started about 4 months ago.My sister told me how good it was. I first began thinking I might could eat ice instead of food and loose weight. Not the case I eat both. Yes, it gets on the nerves of friends and family. I will only eat Sonic ice I buy a couple of bags every other day. Once I was out of town and had to eat hotel ice yuck but desperate.No one understands I enjoy and now it is a must have.When I am looking for Sonic its like someone looking to score drugs.I can’t stop.

  • Anonymous

    I crave ice just recently, last month i went to the emergency hospital because i cant take this heavy menstrual problem 3 weeks nonstop bleeding, 50 thick pads is not enough for me every month like this when suddenly i feel that is not normal anymore so i decided to consult to ob/gyn then she told me u need to under go ulra sound then they found out that i have this small fibroids, and she told me 3 days before my period i should take ibufropen to lessen the heavyness bleeding, but unfortunately one month and one week to be exact since my ultra sound done my period is not come yet then i started eating ice i thougth all the while that im pregnant only the ice is my fall back just to satisfy my needs as a pregnant but sad to say im not pregnant at all,when i decided to ask my computer why i have these kind of weird feelings to eat ice even in the middle of the night before im not even drink cold water and if ever i will ask juice i will always requested to lessen the ice but now i dont know why i have this addiction to eat and chew ice, and i gain a lot of weight and my face is getting bigger like i have an allergy everybody notice my face getting blow up so please if anybody can help me to get rid of these addiction i would appreciate youre big help.. thanks from philippines..

  • hempmama

    Oh my goodness!! I’m not alone!! I am a vegetarian, and have been anemic off and on…more off than on I think, though…for years. I go through stages where all I want to eat all day is ice. This last rut I’ve been in has been going on for like 5+ months. I didn’t read all of the comments, but did anyone mention stress playing a factor, too? I’m a believer of that one…I just went through an amicable (kinda) divorce, but some really nasty after-stuff. I’ve been sooooo stressed, and I’ve noticed that when I’m stressed or upset my cravings are worse. But that could also be because I don’t eat well when I’m upset and stressed…that’s something for me to think about…. I do need to do better because my kids are picking up on my habit, too, and I don’t want them to have broken teeth among other health issues because of it.

  • Angela

    Relief. I thought I was nuts, and that my strange host of symptoms indicated some rare and undiagnosable problem. But it all makes sense now. Over the summer I was out of the country, and my period started and would not stop. To have been able to say I was bleeding like a stuck pig would have been WELCOME. Well, for two weeks it went on, and the day after I got home to the US, I woke up to my heart beating so fast I was sure I was going to die. I went to the ER and they had to give me IVs to get my heart to slow down. The doctor asked me about any other problems. I mentioned the very heavy period, but it seemed not to be a concern of his. (Travel stress he said.) (I’m also a vegetarian but he never asked that either, and I didn’t think it had anything to do with anything anyway.) Nor did it even cross my mind to inquire as to why all of a sudden I had an insatiable desire to crunch ice. (I’m 38, and think I could count on one had the times in my life I have crunched ice.) But all of a sudden, it was like (as one poster said) a drug habit. Had to have it. Thankfully, for the next two months my period was normal (and in hindsight the ice cravings went away also during that time.) Then last month, the stuck pig was back, and for reasons I didn’t understand, I dug the ice trays out from under the cabinet. I made an OB appointment and found that I too, have a small fibroid, and low iron. Now two plus two equals four. The fibroid caused the bleeding, the bleeding caused the anemia, and the anemia triggered the rapid heartbeat and the ice pica. So glad to have come across this. Thank you all for sharing your stories.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone have a use for a commercial shaved ice machine. It makes about seven hundred pounds of the most lightly crunchy, tasty. melt in your mouth ice per day you can imagine. My wife too has anemia and steals the ice out my glass all the time and where ever we are. I’m starting to get use to warm ice tea when we go out for dinner. She likes the ice from our refrigerator it’s closer.

  • Anonymous

    today is friday 9th december 2005.i posted my comment two weeks ago about my craving for ice ,and i was modt amazed about the reason why i eat so much ice,so on friday last 2nd december 2005 i went to the drug store and i bought viatmin b 12 with iron and i have not eaten ice the way i normally do,for this week i have not craved it.and that is the truth.i enjoyed this week alot no ice .i realy feel lively ,my joints does not feel stiff.hats off to the person who dicovered this amazing fact about ice and anemia
    the time is now 12:04pm

  • Anonymous

    Wow some common themes here. Just spent the last 20 min. reading over these posts. I’ve been eating ice fiendishly for about a month now…preferably finely crushed and a bit “aged” (after a bag of crushed has been in my freezer for 2 weeks it gets lighter, fluffier almost…sort of more porous and turns white like frost instead of clear.) Anyway, I have endometriosis, diagnosed at stage 4 by lap. surgery last spring. I’m also constantly tired to the extreme of sleeping sometimes 14 hours per day…straight. Guess I should have my iron levels checked. Neat website. Karenina

  • Anonymous

    I was very happy to see what ice eating can do to you. I’m eating ice for the past 12 years now, my ob/gyn told me it was ok, he said it’s ice, so it’s water, no problem, but co-worker told me it was not something good I was doing. I have heavy periods each month, my periods looks like liver, you would want to eat live again if you see my periods. I’m eating a 24 ozs cup of ice at this time, typing this letter. One of my friends at work want to get me a gift for christmas, so she told me she was going to give me a bag of ice instead, but this seem to be a very serious case. I’m glad I pulled this topic on the Internet.
    Can someone tell me, what kind of Iron pill to use.

  • pj

    HI,
    I too am glad to find this site, as an avid “ice” eater it is nice to know that I am not alone. I have been anemic at least two times in the last year the first time I recieved injections of venofur, which really helped. The doctor has been reluctant to use it this time. My hbg. has been dowon to 9. which is not horrible butthat along with my diabetes and sarcoidosis is making my life miserable. Especially since fatigue goes along with all three problems. I’m not producing red blood cells at the rate that I’m supposed to so that I will stay in a normal area. I have not been normal since July. Taking ferrous sulfate doesn’t seem to help. can’t eat liver as it gives me gout. Really frustrated there is so uch that I want to get done and just have no energy.

  • Anonymous

    I have also chewed ice for years and years. Recently my son emptied out all the ice cube trays and hid them on me. I know this is a terribly annoying habit, but I’m not convinced that it is anemia. I am a lifelong blood donor and my iron is usually o.k. I’m turned away the odd time, and I take supplements, but I think it is just a nasty habit. I am also an avid gum chewer and this doesn’t help with the ice cravings, as someone suggested. My husbands hates it. I’m now sneaking ice every chance I get. I eat approx. 50 cubes a day. I have had 2 chipped teeth from the crunching and my dentist has told me to stop. I’m 46 years old and I’m wondering what the average age is for this problem. Is the majority women? It looks to be on the web, but then, men probably don’t go on here to try and find help for their bad habits. Interesting, but really frustrating habit. I want to stop!!!!!!
    My doctor has never heard of the ice craving, iron deficiency connection.

  • Anonymous

    i have been eating ice since i was about 7 years old i am now 27. I have been diagnosed as anemic(women are more prone to it due to the fact that we have a monthly period), for years i have been taking low iron tablets.<– which did nothing. Currently my doctor put me on prenatal vitamins, because they contain heavy doses of iron. I have not craved ice in three months. I recomend, that every one goes to the doctor and get their iron(crit)levels checked(find out what is normal for your age). Not to scare anyone, but if your iron is too low it can cause serious problems.

  • Anonymous

    ladies… if you have very heavy periods (changing a pad every hour or more)followed by large clots larger than a 50cent piece. The best thing for you is to GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR as soon as possible… make them run test (to include checking your stool to test for blood and if possible/necessary xray of your ovaries)

  • Anonymous

    HEY EVERYONE!!!!

    Well I am 16 i’ve been eating ice for like 5 years now, I recently got my best friend into it. I didnt think it was this serious. Everything you guys are saying is exactly how I feel. Well now I know I will let my best friend know and we both will get checked out thanks for your comments they were really helpful.

  • Anonymous

    There is nothing wrong with eating ice, but pay attention to your bodies, ever heard of OVER HYDRATION, too much water(more than 2 gallons of h2o on a daily basis, and low /inadequate sodium intake) can flush the electrolytes from your body. Which can cause alot more issues than a few cracked teeth. It is a very good idea to get your levels checked anyway. Thinking about it water has no nutritional value… There are no facts that would make a doctor tie ice eaters to iron deficency. I have never showed any signs of being anemic, but i was a faithful ice eater. I have been eating ice for over 10 years. I ate at least 20 of the 16.9oz bottles of water from the time i woke up until i went to bed. I currently have never been pregnant and otherwise in very good health. I was blown off every time i went to the doctor. Finally, I have a doctor who did my test and found out my iron WAS very low. He prescribed me iron and vitamin C and I haven’t even desired ice since.

  • Anonymous

    I am 34 years old and have had heavy periods for 2 years caused by fibroids. I am also anemic. I enjoy ice so much now that I don’t want the iron supplements because they might take my craving for ice away and the enjoyment that it brings me! I do not chew ice at work but I start as soon as I get home and I crunch all weekend long if I am home. My ice maker makes the crescent-shaped cubes, which I fill a glass to the top with and then pour hot tap water over to soften and melt. My kids have accepted it as a part of our life at home but I know they must think I am crazy! If I get too cold at home I will layer my clothing and even put on a robe to keep warm! I wish I could stop most of the time, especially because my teeth are starting to feel the effects and my molars do look “shorter”. I am mostly afraid of cracking a tooth at this point! Other than that, my anemia is bearable and I just seem to keep on crunching! I also seek out the best fast-food and convenience store ice, and I enjoy eating in new restaurants because I can sample a new brand of ice. Bizarre! I wake during the night to pee at least two times because I go through so much ice in the evenings. My favorite pasttime is cleaning the house while crunching ice, and if that is done, reading or watching TV while constantly making trips to the freezer. I panic by Sunday afternoon because the icemaker can’t keep up with my lunacy! :)

  • Anonymous

    Someone told me about a similar situation. SHe said she knew it was a problem when she even needed to eat ice while she was sick – fever and chills and everything.

  • LJ

    I am so glad to see there is a web page about ice eating. I have been a ice eater for several years and just recently I have wondered is there some bad side affects for this. I am 41 and I know I have low iron because in my teens my doctor started me on iron pills. I just like to chew it and I feel that I am getting my water intake this way. I just want to make sure that there is not long term damage from this. LJ

  • ICE ADDICT

    hey everyone! I’m addicted to ice also! I was taking iron pills for a while but I find that the damn things make me constipated…lol..so much for trying to help myself. So I stopped for a while now its gotten more severe. Everytime I eatfood I ask for a cup of ice to go with my meal..restaurants anywhere.I got into a big argument with my friend one time because she wouldnt stop to get me ice..haha…SHE COULDA STOPPED.!!.lol.I dont even care about the weird looks I get from the cashiers….ice is great! But Im gonna start taking iron pills again because I heard that anemia can cause heart attacks and shortness of breath. Eating ice also has negative effects on the tooth enamel and that can lead to a lot of dental work and surgery. So even though Im still eating ice..LOTS of ice at least 4 cups a day. I know I have to stop because my doctors dont seem to care and I have to help myself. Good luck everyone…resist the temptation!! although its worst than trying to quit smoking..haha..they need to have a patch for ice addicts..or maybe gum..it could be called icerderm..lol…

  • Anonymous

    SEE THE DOCTOR! I was so anemic that the nurse I was seeing for treatment told me that I was on the verge of hospitalization. I was ADDICTED to ice. I had to have it. I went to my primary care physician one day who took a simple blood test (which was a prick in the finger). As treatment I went to a clinic once a week where I would be hooked up to an IV that dripped iron into me. It has taken months for my iron levels to look more like normal but I’m much much better. Best wishes to all you ice chewers, it’s not a healthy habit so stop and think about your health and what you are going to do about it.

  • Anonymous

    I have been eating ice non stop for about 2 years now. I have had every test known to man, and I am “slightly anemic”. I am tired all the time to the point of falling asleep anywhere. I have gained so much weight , I have lost count and my periods have a mind of their own. 7 days, 2 days,
    heavy to extra heavy. Once a month, maybe twice a month who knows? I also have developed a snoring habit. Anyone else have that problem??????

  • Anonymous

    Update

    I have been going to an Oncologist and having iron injections intraveinously every week day they have been open for the last two weeks. I am half way finished with the ten injections needed to complete what the doctor has subscribed and thinks that will restore my iron level to an acceptable range. When I started this program my feritin level was at 4. Not good.

    Once I finish these injections, I’ll have my feritin level checked again but I can already tell that it’s making a HUGE difference not only with my energy level, but with my depression, and my horrid habit of not being able to stop eating ice even in the middle of the night! Once I even took two glasses of crushed ice to eat when I was sitting in the tub of hot water because the other ice I had eaten had made me so cold.

    That’s when you really know it’s a problem and not just a silly pleasure. Those of us that are really experiencing this on that kind of level know it’s more than pleasure, it’s an uncontrollable act that we just can’t explain… and we aren’t crazy in other areas of our lives. Just crazy to eat ice.

    As an update I just wanted to tell everyone the iron injections are working for me. Today was my second day with not even wanting to eat ice even when it was before me. That, to me, is REAL progress that I can identify without having a blood test. Iron pills did nothing for me. Trying to change my diet did nothing for me. The injections are working!

    My advice to others who are experiencing like symptoms is to go to your doctor immediately and follow their advice. Don’t take iron tablets over the counter. Taking them when you don’t need them is dangerous.

    Let the doctors test to see if your iron level is low and what you need to correct this. They will also ask that you take other important tests like to check out your colon and also gyn tests to check to see if there is anything their that could explain why your iron level is low. Do everything they say. It’s important for living.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so relieved to see there are so many ice addicts like me out there! I’m 43 years old (also perimenopausal) and I’ve always enjoyed chewing ice, but for the last year, it’s definitely been an addiction. I can get by for a few hours at a time like going to church or a meeting when I know I’ll be around other people who might be irritated by the sound. But as soon as I get home, I have to have some ice. It bothers my husband, and I’ve gotten to the point where I’ll sit in another room rather than be with him so I can chew my ice. I’ve suspected I’m anemic but have been putting off going to the doctor. I’m definitely going to have it checked out now.

  • Anonymous

    I’m 33 wks. pregnant with twins and I HAVE to eat my ice. I’ve been eating it since the beginning of my pregnancy. I craved ice with my daughter the same way. When I was pregnant with my son, I don’t know if I ate any ice at all. But, I’m pregnant with 2 girls now, and I’m eating ice like people eat meals. My husband has an ice machine at his job and he keeps my supplied by the small trash bag full. I ran out this weekend and had to eat ice from the trays and almost had a fit. It just wasn’t the same. I HAD to have that soft ice. I don’t have anemia, or any blood disorders. As a matter of fact, I’ve been pretty healthy throughout this pregnancy. I’ve never suffered with nausea in any of my pregnancies and I have very normal menstrual cycles. I don’t know what it is. But, I hate for people to come in my house and eat my ice, that’s what they have the ice trays for….LOL…It’s so bad that I don’t want the craving for ice to go away after I have the twins. To me there’s just something about the freezer taste on it that I love. And I’ve noticed that all ice doesn’t taste the same. I’ll be delivering by c-section in Feb. and can’t wait because the hospital has the BEST crushed ice ever. What I do dread is going to the dentist after I have my babies..:)

  • Allison

    Wow, there’s a lot of this going on. I’m twelve weeks pregnant, with severe morning sickness, and I crave crushed ice because I get so thirsty and can’t keep down plain water. I remember craving crushed ice when I had the stomach flu, too, and assume it was just my body’s way of getting enough fluids.

  • Anonymous

    I am addictid to ice…can’t live without it.I guess other people feel the same. Some people say I’am anemic but test came out fine. Other people say that it makes me fat. I don’t know what to do….I really crave for it….I I don’t have any addictions…don’t eat a lot, don’t drink or smoke….I wonder what it is….
    I am 37 and diagnosed with early menopause….I stopped menstruation since I was 34. O well.

  • Anonymous

    I am staggered!! I have had problems with heavey periods and ultimatly anaemia for a good few years. my ice cravinge are constant and pronounced until I am good and organised and set about taking ferrous sulphate tablets like I’m supposed to! never mentioned my bizarre affection for ice to my doctor, as I tought it too weired and not relevant, however , have often commented to my husband that I wondered if there was a link. I am now amazed yet relieved, to discover that there must be! The craving dissapears when I take my iron suppliments, and returns when I stop! There are pages of your stories here, all similar to mine. This can’t be coincidence!
    I typed in ‘eating ice cubes’ experimentally, and hey presto!! However, I have lost two molars due to this addiction so I don’t treat it light heartedly!!

  • Michelle

    WOW! I can’t believe that all these people have the same problem as I have. I started having abnormal menstrual periods about 10 months ago. I went to all the doctors. I went to my PCP who has been treating my hypothyroidism for about 5 years. She said that I was having early signs of menopause. She never connected the bleeding to thyroid disease. DUH…The gyn,because I wasn’t happy with my PCP I had a D&C done in June 05 and all they found was a hormonal imbalance. I went to the endocrinologist because of the hypothroidism and this sudden heavy bleeding that just would not stop.I was tired and had to stay in because I was afraid I would have an accident in public. In the meanwhile, I started to crave ice (badly) I would take a thermos of it everywhere I went. I just could not stop.And still can’t. Someone did tell me that I could have some vitamin deficiency..but I have yet to mention it to my doctors. I have to go next week and I will definitely talk to her about this. It is so nice to know that I am not alone here. I was beginning to think I had a new addiction to break. Thanks and good luck to everyone. Michelle

  • Ron

    I too eat lots of ice all the time I thought it was just me. But all I see here are from women I am a 47 year old male never been told I was anemic so am I the only male that has this problem.? Ron

  • Anonymous

    i have fibroids, i do not bleed heavy however i do have lower abdomial pain sometimes.
    i eat ice about a 12oz cup evey two hours or i empty an ice tray and eat tweleve ice cubes a day, what’s wrong with me?

  • Anonymous

    I just had to post a comment since I didn’t see any mention whatsoever about FLORADIX, which is iron and is available in either pill or liquid form. It’s available at health food stores. It works faster then the iron pills the doctor gives you and it doesn’t cause constipation. I have chronic iron deficiency anemia which is caused by heavy menstruation and I have also been wildly addicted to ice. Sigh…. the things we do and think of to get ice…. lol…

  • Anonymous

    I have been eating ice for a couple of months now and the craving was irresistible. I would get a cup of ice in the morning and eat it on my way to school and then I will eat about 3 cups of ice each night. I was so exhausted that going up the stairs in my house will have me lying down in my bed for about 15 minutes until i gained some strength to continue with what i was doing. I went to the doctor and he diagnosed me with iron deficiency anemia.My rbc was under 6. Now am taking 3 pills a day to try and get rid of this.My advice eventhough is hard, get tested before things get alot worse.

  • ice love in Ga

    I would like to say that I am a excessive ice eater. Morning noon night I’ve got to have it.I would go to Dairy Queen each day and pay 65 cents for a large cup of ice. i would by 3 of them which would be a 1.85. i was so regular with it when they saw me pull up they would go ahead and prepare it for me. At xmas my husband bought me a blender to crush my ice the best gift he could have ever given me. i don’t like to drin water but give me the ice.

  • Anonymous

    I knew I would find something on ice addiction when I did a search. My addiction began 5 months ago after I had my colon removed as a result of colitis. I believe initially I needed the extra water to avoid dehydration, after waking up in the middle of the night with a dry tongue a week after the surgery. From water I moved to ice and I have been crunching ice ever since. Interesting reading all the posts, as maybe, as a result of the surgery, I may be anemic. I will have to go check it out. Interested if anyone else has had similar experience after colon surgery.

  • Anonymous

    my husband found this site and felt i should read it. I am a 47 year old women who eats ice all day. I have the best ice at owrk, it makes the cylindar, hlf frozen kind. I started eating ice about 6 months ago. i eat it all day and all evening. I even have insulated cups to stop it from melting so fast. But i am not anemic, just had blood work done, no medicine for acid reflux, I stopped taking it. and no bypass surgery. i was tkaing phentermine and it dried out my mouth and i had an anal fissure. When i started taking it again I began toeat the ice as i don’t like to drink water. No really heavy periods, the first day has goten heavier but not to the point of some of these posts. my husband says it is getting on his nerves. I crunch ice until i close my eyes. I take it to meetings and sometimes can’t comment for a muthful of ice.

  • Anonymous

    Hi,

    I was just wondering, does anyone burp up foamy type stuff while eating very large amounts of ice?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I now know why I am craving so much ice. I have been having abnormal cycles (17 days last time & almost a month this time, and only two weeks in between) My dr has ordered 2 different blood tests, and yes my iron levels are low, but not too low. I have not begun the iron supplements because they have scheduled ultrasounds and OBGYN dr appts to see if there is anything else going on. Is eating so much ice bad for me?

  • Anonymous

    I’m a success story! I had been going thru several bags of ice a week (loved the tubular kind), drinking gallons of diet soda (“lots of ice, please”)and thought it was the soda I was addicted to. When my dr. said I was anemic, probably due to my heavy periods, I started taking iron.
    AMAZING!! Now I use ice only to cool my drinks. I only have one soda a day, if that, and have stopping “paying for bags of frozen water,” my husband’s complaint. I’m not as tired and my dentist is happy, if poorer.

  • Anonymous

    OGM i never had any idea that there was some physocal ailment linked to my ice chewing!!! I have been chewing ice all my life, but my cravings have gotten seriously intense this past 6-7 months. it startd when i had surgury on my arm. I fell thru a wind and severed my brachial artery. I had several blood transfusions and the entire time i was in the hospital i wanted only ice and pain meds. then i had to go back to the hospital a month later cuz i was bleeding thru the staples. i got another transfusion then found out i was pregnant, i ended up miscarrying and had a dnc. since then i have healed and now have full use of my arm, but im always tired and i eat one 32 oz cup of crushed ice at after another. Today at work, my co-worker asked me if I was anemic, I told her yea and she said thats why you chew ice . I was shocked. Its gotten to the point where i dont even feel like eating regular food. I dont want water, only ice. I missed my period last month all together and the one i had earlier this month was crazy heavy with clots and stuff. Can anyone give me any advice please????

  • Anonymous

    Hey i just left the last comment, about my arm and the wierd periods and all, if any one has any advise AT ALL please contact me
    LuvRed40@hotmail.com
    my name is Rocy (Like martino & rossi)

  • Anonymous

    Its Rocy again. I also wanted to know, besides the obvious affect on my teeth, what adverse affects, if any, can chewing so much ice have on you? and I chew A LOT of ice. Like i said I have two main cups, one is a 32oz styrofome cup, the other is a Super Big Gulp from 7-11, the biggest cup. every morning i fill them both up with crushed ice, i fill them repetedly thru out the day at work, at home i fill them up back to back as soon at i finis, i even sleep with cups of ice by my bed, i wake up at night craving ice, i feel like a crack head. someone please tell me how to proceed. but you know, i dont really want to stop chewing the ice. i love the sensation and the texture and the coldness and all that. i want to know how the ice chewing is a symptom of some deeper problem and what that problem is and how to fix it so i dont die or somethig, but i luv chewing ice.
    luvred40@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous

    I too have been eating ice for years. I have very heavy periods and I often get tired easily. I was anemic once but I may be again. i have to check it out. I love ice sooooo much. WHEN IT SNOWS I GET EXCITED BECEAUSE I EAT THE FRESHLY FALLEN SNOW!!!!! I JUST RECENTLY DID A SEARCH ON THE WEB TO SEE IF I COULD PURCHASE A SHAVE ICE MACHINE. THE ONE THAT MAKES THE ICE LIKE SNOW. i CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT. I KNOW THERE ARE MORE SNOW EATERS OUT THERE TOO! YUMMY SNOW AND TEXTURED ICE!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a first time mother and I developed an ice eating habit during my first month of pregnancy. It never occured to me I was anemic until my doctor to;d me I was and said to stop eating ice immediately, but it was hard for me so I didn’t I need to speak with her again to see how it will affect ny baby.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t belive my eyes! I have been doing this for three years, ever since my daughter’s birth, which resulted in a c-section gone bad. I lost 1500 cc of blood, and had to have two transfusions, and I have also had fibroids and heavy bleeding since I can remember. I can’t seem to control myself! I mean, I actually can’t wait till my guest leaves to raid the freezer! I keep wondering what the @#$%!&*! is wrong with me? I almost feel as if it is a compulsion now. I actually have several ice trays and only fill them half way to enjoy that stellar crisp ice cube! I don’t know what the hell I would do if i actually had an ice machine!

  • katdance

    Is Sonic only in Texas. If you don’t want to ruin your teeth but continue your love affair with ice Go To Sonic. They have the lovliest soft ice ever! I buy a bag a day!

  • Anonymous

    I have heard about ice and anemia having a connection, but never realized how prevalent it is. I am another one that has been taken over by “The Ice Addiction”, and well . . if there were a IEA (Ice Eaters Anonymous) I would be there, 24-7.

    I have Severe Iron Deficiency Anemia, so bad that I have to go for IV Iron treatments, almost every 3-4 months, and so far, we have not found a reason, no cancer, no ulcers, NO IRON!

    Finding this site really has made me feel better, just knowing that I am not the only one annoying my family with the never ending “CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH”. I would rather have them all mad at me than not have my ice. :) LOL

    Jacqueline
    el_negily@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous

    I just recently started chewing ice – I didn’t think it was a big deal, but I needed more and more, and had 4 rotating cups to keep the ice at just the right level of crunchiness (is that a word?). When my doctor told me I was severly anemic (I have been on and off mildly anemic most of my life), I explained that I usually eat a high protein and fiber, low fat and sugar diet, so I didn’t see how I got so anemic. Then I remember that I was once again (after only 2 years of regularity) having very irregular and heavy periods. I also mentioned as an aside that I thought I might be eating lest lately because I’d been chewing ice, and that may have helped with some food or munchie cravings. However, he told me that chewing ice CAUSED anemia, and that I had to stop immediately. I knew that wouldn’t work, so I started on iron supplements instead. Then I started wondering how something as simple as eating ice could cause anemia, so I decided to google “ice and anemia” and lo and behold, I found this wonderful site that told me that it is a symptom, not a cause – so I don’t have to stop!!! I’ve really become a junkie – I’m starting to outrun our freezer’s ice machine, and have been seriously considering getting bags of ice, but our freezer is too full for them now – maybe I could keep them in a cooler for a day or two? Anyway, it was great to find out I wasn’t alone, and I hope the anemia is a result of nothing more serious than returning to an almost lifetime battle with heavy, unpredictable periods. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I just recently started chewing ice – I didn’t think it was a big deal, but I needed more and more, and had 4 rotating cups to keep the ice at just the right level of crunchiness (is that a word?). When my doctor told me I was severly anemic (I have been on and off mildly anemic most of my life), I explained that I usually eat a high protein and fiber, low fat and sugar diet, so I didn’t see how I got so anemic. Then I remember that I was once again (after only 2 years of regularity) having very irregular and heavy periods. I also mentioned as an aside that I thought I might be eating lest lately because I’d been chewing ice, and that may have helped with some food or munchie cravings. However, he told me that chewing ice CAUSED anemia, and that I had to stop immediately. I knew that wouldn’t work, so I started on iron supplements instead. Then I started wondering how something as simple as eating ice could cause anemia, so I decided to google “ice and anemia” and lo and behold, I found this wonderful site that told me that it is a symptom, not a cause – so I don’t have to stop!!! I’ve really become a junkie – I’m starting to outrun our freezer’s ice machine, and have been seriously considering getting bags of ice, but our freezer is too full for them now – maybe I could keep them in a cooler for a day or two? Anyway, it was great to find out I wasn’t alone, and I hope the anemia is a result of nothing more serious than returning to an almost lifetime battle with heavy, unpredictable periods. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    What an epiphany! Last December I had a gastric bypass. One of the side effects of this surgical procedure is malabsorption. When you eat food, you do not absorb all the nutrients you normally would… Iron and Calcium being big ones. When I went for my check-up and blood work in March, I was told that my Iron count was -way- down and I needed to double up on my supplements. I tried, but got lazy. By the time summer rolled around, I had developed this insatiable appetite for eating ice, which I had never experienced in my 35 years. I didn’t know where it came from. In talking with a friend today, she suggested it could be to a low Iron count. Also, I’ve discovered that I seem to feel tired all the time. I just wrote that off to being overworked from returning to school. Now I wonder if it isn’t all tied in to an Iron deficiency. To be truthful, I am still not taking my Iron supplements, which is stupid – I know. I’m going to start taking them again today and keep track of my cravings and energy levels and see if that helps any. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    If you take medications like prilosec for GERD or reflux, that could be a major reason for low iron levels. I just found this out by doing some research on my own after going through all the normal tests to see why my iron level was so low. My doctor did not tell me this and to be honest, I’m quite upset. If only he had told me and gave me the opportunity to see if there was an alternative method to control acid production, it would have saved me mega bucks because many of the tests and procedures were not covered by my health insurance.

    Quote: “Gastric acid lowers the pH in the proximal duodenum, enhancing the solubility and uptake of ferric iron (Table 1). When gastric acid production is impaired (for instance by acid pump inhibitors such as the drug, prilosec), iron absorption is reduced substantially.” from

    http://sickle.bwh.harvard.edu/iron_absorption.html

  • Anonymous

    Good Lord, what a relief! i thought i was the only one who craves ice. i have been chewing ice for the past 8 years ans had also asked my doctor if there’s any problem with me, he said not at all, it’s like i’m just drinking water and i was so relieved. i never thought there could be a disease of some sort except i’m always worried of getting neumonia ans other cold related illness…i have tried to fight my cravings before, i still am trying. i haven’t eaten ice now for almost 3 weeks but i do crave it…does anyone know if i cud beat this amenia thing without getting treatment? i’m scared of the blood tests….

    sisanda
    Sussex,UK

  • Anonymous

    Wow, talk about a lot of people with the same symptoms. I am an advid ice eater, and have been for years.. I am diagnosed anemic from having my menstral cycle for 5 MONTHS STRAIGHT, and take medication but cant seem to raise my cbc iron levels or stop my ice craving. And, its not ice cubes.. has to be crushed ice… lol. Im glad to see that I am not the only “weirdo” out there.

  • Anonymous

    My mother has been avidly eating ice for a while now. She has several other health problems and when we asked her doctor about it he didn’t seem concerned. The craving has got so bad that she eats 2 bags of ice a day from Sonic, which seem to be the ice of choice. Her teeth have started hurting and she keeps the heat on in the house so high that she smothers every one else out. She has got to the point that it has to be DRY ice. Ice in clumps. Frozen HARD. I was getting concerned, but now I know that she just needs iron, so thank you Doc’s, you all have been more helpful than her real doc.

  • Sarah

    I was so glad to know that there is a medical problem causing me to crave Ice! I buy it by the bags at sonic! Thats the only kind that satisfys me! I am on iron and have been but still eating ice! My family thinks its a habit, they just dont understand! My Dr dosent seem that concerned! My I am … I was never a ice eater until 2 yrs ago now i cant stop!

  • Anonymous

    How can I tell my wife to quit crunching ice. I have politely told her that certain sounds are magnified, this is do to some nerve damage and tinnitis, yet she tells me that she is never crunching ice when I am around, but she will go through a whole cup of ice within 10 minutes. It is really getting on my nerves. She also has some teeth problems, and headaches which I think have to do with the crunching of ice.
    Please email me if you have any suggestions, totallyforgiven@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous

    I finally found my ice eating family, hi everyone. I am so glad I am not alone. At first I didn’t know what was up with me until I looked it up on the internet only to find that anemia causing this craving.

    I have found the best crush ice to be at QT gas stations and CircleK stores. I think CircleK was wondering why QT

  • Anonymous

    sorry, I hit the wrong key. Anyway, I guess CircleK caught on to why QT became so popular I don’t think it’s just the “low prices” but the crushed ice. Now, many of the Circle K’s are carrying it.

    Sometimes I won’t go home until I get the “ice” and then I am so satisfied!

    However, once I start taking my iron supplements the craving goes away. This may sound foolish but I don’t know what’s worse the craving or not taking my pills…..when I don’t crave I miss it anyway….go figure.

    Well, I heard someone else call us “crunchers” what other names have you heard?

  • Anonymous

    I can not help but laugh as I read these messages, I am anemic and I crunch ICE like a mad woman. I wake up craving it and sometimes hate that time at night when I know I must stop so that I dont pee the bed from eating so much ice. I make special trips before work, at lunch and after work to go by my favorite fast ice resturant “sonic” to pick up an 44 oz cut or a bag of ice. I am just like most of you, I carry the cup around where ever I go. I EAT the ice until my mouth is frozen and my speach is unclear and I am shivering to the point that I have to turn up the heat in my car and in my office. My HUSBAND of course thinks I am insane and tried to put me on an ice budget but I find ways to sneak the ice in. I am going back to the Dr TODAY, I am having to get Iron IV because I had gastric bypass 8 years ago and I dont absorb any iron orally. It helps after about 4 sessions, the craving lessens, but I WILL be back at it in a few months.

  • ashleigh

    I already asked this, but i’m going to ask again. does anybody when eating lots of ice, try to burp and foam stuff comes up?

  • Anonymous

    I am like everyone else on this page. I had SEVERE pagophagia, too. I was as bad as any drug addict. I didn’t see anything wrong with it, at all. I just ate ice, and Triscuit crackers. I lost eighteen pounds, and I already weighed less than 100 lbs., my then- boyfriend mentioned the possibility of anemia. He was right. My hemoglobin had dipped to less than 6. I ended up having a myomectomy to remove a fibroid, and the cravings disappeared almost instantly. I never thought I would NOT crave ice. I urge anyone who’s craving ice to see a doctor. Your health really is at risk!

  • Anonymous

    Goodness…this is too crazy. I can’t believe all you people are just like my friend!!!! I thought that she was a freak when first met her. But now she has shown me that she is crazy and this is really a addiction or whatever. ok so right now she is telling me about how the ice is soft and crunchy…I just don’t understand but I love her anyways. Everyday we go to lunch at the cafe @ school and she stocks up on her ice for the night and she’ll get 4 huge cups full of ice and run out in a few hours. It’s a mess!
    to be continued…

  • Anonymous

    Goodness…this is too crazy. I can’t believe all you people are just like my friend!!!! I thought that she was a freak when first met her. But now she has shown me that she isn’t crazy and this is really a addiction or whatever. ok so right now she is telling me about how the ice is soft and crunchy…I just don’t understand but I love her anyways. Everyday we go to lunch at the cafe @ school and she stocks up on her ice for the night and she’ll get 4 huge cups full of ice and run out in a few hours. It’s a mess!
    to be continued…

  • Anonymous

    I started eating ice about a year ago,(age 42) and had heard about the “sexual frustration” I know this is NOT THE REASON!!! In the beginning, I broke a tooth, in front, biting big ice cubes out of the home ice machine. My dentist said ice fractures teeth, by biting, or just too cold. So I then bought this Windchaser ice machine that made bullet shaped ice with holes almost all the way throught the ice. It was softer, and easier on the teeth. I too have fibroids, a big grapefruit size. No heavy bleeding though. I used to fill up my gallon water container with ice, eat it all day, and even come home for “lunch” to fill up again. I was sick of being addicted, and I knew from the internet that it was from anemia. Well I was scheduled for fibroid surgery(I had a Artery embolization) and the ice machine broke 2 days before surgery. I made due. THIS IS THE WIERD THING……… After I got out of surgery, I had no more ice cravings. I have tried to eat it, and it’s too cold on my teeth, and I don’t like it anymore. I hope I am cured, because I was sick of being addicted to ice in the freezing cold, paying high heating bills,always cold , but still eating ice.it is alot quieter around here these days!!!

  • Anonymous

    Thank God i’m not going nuts!! i was really concerned about my carving for ice. My daughter told me that i lacked something in my body but she couldn’t figure it out. I am 61, had hysterectomy at the age of 24. Have always taken some kind of vitamin and was on harmone theraphy until my dr took me off three years ago, after all this time, cold turkey, lord help my husband, he has put up with you know what, because i DONT have my harmone theraphy, ice eating started at a slow pace around a year ago, i have all the symptoms of a anemic, big time, i have called and made an appointment with my dr for monday afternoon, hopefully, i can get back to norm before my husband has had enough. I’ll see what the doc says and let ya’ll know. thanks for being here.

  • Anonymous

    I am a 24 year old female who just can not stop eating ice. I dont even know where this habit came from. I crave it all through out the night and all day at work. I have 10 ice trays in my work freezer and 20 at home my co-workers and family think I am crazy. Please help me!! Is this habit a dangerous one or do I just need to start taking iron pills.

  • Anonymous

    Hello, everyone! “I eat a lot of ice,” and I do not remeber how I started. I use to love ice cream, but since started to ice, I will not touch ice cream. I’ve been told that it has something to do with iron. My appetite has changed drastically, I don’t eat heavy meat anymore. I kind of slow down, my gumms started bothering me, taking pain pills, ambersol gum treatment, dispite the pain, “I eat ice anyway.

  • Anonymous

    i am speechless. my ice cravings are insane and have become a big joke to those close to me. i go to starbucks all the time for a tea and a “venti cup of ice, never mind the lid”. wow. i’m 42. i have fibroids. have been diagnosed with anemia many moons ago when i had some dental work. and yes friends tease that i chew ice because i crave sex. rubbish!!! i’m so glad/thankful for finding this post, i have been feeling like an ice junkie. my mouth waters for a cup of the perfect chewing consistancy ice…

  • IceFanatic

    There is nothing like a nice big mug of crushed ice. It has to be right consistency and from filtered water. I started craving the ice shortly after September 11. I try not to eat so much now, but sometimes I CANNOT resist the crave (when I do not take my iron tablets). It will be dead cold winter day or night, I get on the train, shivering eating my ice. I will get up at 4am to get my ice fix; I will go to any length to eat the ice. When we go out, it is not food that I order. It is a ‘bowl of ice, please’. It is better than food, sex, better than caviar. How could not a doctor realize that it is due to anaemia? I am from a Jamaica, a so-called ‘third world country’, and every old biddy or young ‘un will tell you that you are anaemic once they see you eating that ice, or ertain other things like dirt, chalk, etc! Some iron tablets do not work well for me – not enough iron in the iron tablet! I have found one brand that works wonders: they little red tablets in a white bottle with blue writings and its made in the UK. They come at 1000 to the bottle. (I have the bottle at home – I will try to blog on later to post the name of the brand). I find that whenever I take them, the cravings disappear. If I take them consistently, I do not crave ice at all! What I do know for sure, is that this ice craving IS NOT GOOD. I get bloated, my face gets broader, and I do not feel good about myself. If I eat the ice without drinking fluids at the same time, mucus forms in my throat, and I snore A LOT to the extent where I disturb my husband. As soon as I stop the ice eating, my body slowly snaps back in place, and the snoring stops. I am wondering if eating this ice does other things to us which we are not aware of…..

  • Deborah in Toledo

    I thought I was nuts! I have about 4 glasses full of nothing but ice near me right now… ageing abit…. a halfway melted ice cube has that soft crunchy center….I stay up late night after night, while my family is asleep, so I can chew ice without anyone being bothered.

    I actually wear out ice cube trays..I am so grateful to have found you folks, I am going to get me some iron asap…I don’t smoke or drink, but this ice obsession really messes with my work and family… thanks so, good folk!

  • Anonymous

    I have checked a few different sites and they have said the same thing ice eating is a sign of anemia, so being an ice addict i have started taking vitamins with iron and my craving for ice has reduced i hope it goes away completly because i’m buying ice by the bag because making it at home was’nt happening fast enough i knew it had to be a problem because i think about eating ice all the time to the point where i don’t even drink anything else or sometimes forget to eat because i’ve been eating so much ice all day but i’m glad to see that there are lots of other people with this problem,but i’m going to kick this silly addiction one way or another no more buying ice for me .

  • Anonymous

    Like most of the others mentioned … it’s good to know I’m not the only ice eater. First thing in the mornings I have a jug of ice and started cutting down on the ice chewing during the day with the exception of weekends. In the afternoons after work I finish another jug on the way home. I even spent money on an icemaker which my husband thought to be a timesaver. A year ago I was tested for an iron deficiency and the count was very low. I stopped taking the FE tablets but will definitely start taking it again.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you ladies for your stories on this site. I too am an iceaholic!!! I wake up in the middle of the night wanting ice I take a very big cup of crushed ice to work, school and any where else I go. It’s to the point that if I don’t show up some place with a cup of ice people ask me where it is! I have been some what anemic forever especially when I started having children but the past year it’s gotten real bad. I didn’t think about my very heavy periods along with clotting as being a factor but I did go to the doctor and I told her all that was going on with me she had me go get an ultrasound to see if I have fibroids I’m praying that is not the case but I’m just about to the point of getting my uterus out I’m done having children so I have no use for it anymore.again THANK YOU

  • Anonymous

    I was glad to see I’m not alone. I new I had a problem when I was trying to find a place to rent. I looked at two homes. The second home had a refrigerator with an ice machine. It had a crushed and cubed selector. Of course I chose the house just be cause of this. “Pitiful” I know. I was wondering if this cause bloating?

  • Anonymous

    I was glad to see I’m not alone. I new I had a problem when I was trying to find a place to rent. I looked at two homes. The second home had a refrigerator with an ice machine. It had a crushed and cubed selector. Of course I chose the house just be cause of this. “Pitiful” I know. I was wondering if this cause bloating?

  • Anonymous

    It’s going on a year. I suffer from acid reflux disease and many years ago was diagnosed with hiatal hernia. I found that if I don’t drink milk in the evening or eat spicy food then I have a good chance of not waking up with my stomach hurting or burning or waking up choking from the acid reflux into my throat. I started taking rolaids to help relieve the problem. Then I developed a rolaids habit. I would buy a big bottle 150 ct. I started crunching on peppermint rolaids and liked the way it felt. It got to the point where I was taking 6 at a time about 4 times a day. I would buy 2 bottles per month. When I used to drink sodas or ice tea with ice I would crunch on the remainder of the ice in the cup but not too often. With the indegestion problems and taking the rolaids I needed something to cool of my upset stomach so I started putting cold cups in the freezer to make sure the water was really cold. Then I noticed the ice chips in the cold cup. Thats when I developed the craving for ice chips. So now I have my upset stomach and my rolaids to crunch then chase them down with my ice crunching. I have since stopped taking the rolaids because I don’t drink milk at night or chocolates. I like the way it feels when I crush the ice with my teeth. Then how cool it feels going down my throat into my stomach. I make sure I have ample supplies of ice. Now what I do is stick the water bottles in the freezer and time them and rotate them. I will take them out roll them to break up big chunks then pour out the water part thats left in the bottle and stick it back in the freezer. I do this all day long. I drink two cups of coffee in the morning then its ice chewing and crunching for the rest of the day. I don’t like sweet drinks. I use to like seltzer water or just carbonated water without the sodium. I have found that I also suffer from dry mouth. Even my throat fills dry especially when I swallow. And oh yes, I to suffer from blood clots during my menstrual cycle but not long excessive periods and cramps aren’t a big deal like I use to have them. I am 51 and have periods every month. Once or twice last year they were late but no big deal. The blood clots are big and they bother and worry me. 15 yeats ago I had 3 cysts removed from my right ovary and was told that I had many adhessions and that my tubes were clear but the ends that draw out the eggs were damaged from pelvic inflammatory disease. I guess now what I need to do is get a check up and have my blood drawn to see if I am anemic. I also have high blood pressure and am about 45 lbs. overweight. My father has diabetes and his side of family as well. I have heard that is a symptom of diabetes, excessive thirst for water. Even though I enjoy crunching on ice, I know it is way out of control. It bothers my family cause of all the noise that it makes. I to worry about my teeth. I am also under lots of stress. I am caretaker to my elderly parents. I also am raising my grandchildren. I have rationalized with myself that this habit is a coping mechanisim. Plus anything to get rid of the heartburn when it starts. I been pretty successful lately in keeping the stomach problems at bay. Reason why I don’t use antiacids like pepcid is because after a few days they make parts of my lips and the inside of my mouth area swell up. Any one else have this problem concerning stomach or digestive problems and using ice crunching to cope with it. I sure am glad I finally got around to looking this up and hope my input will help.

  • Anonymous

    What’s a Girl to do? I was amazed by all the comments on this webpage about ice eaters. As a child I noticed my mother in her 40′s would crunch on a cup of ice daily, and I told her “its just water…why are you eating it like its something good and tasty. To my surprise as soon as I reached 43 I started too. I have ice all during the day and evenings and at bedtime. My husband is so used to my routine, that he brings me ice and refills my cup all the time. I have my favorite long ice tea spoon to scoop out the ice too. I thought is was just a middle age habit, but to my surprise ladies have been crunching for year. It must me a woman-thang, because you don’t see any men low in iron. Woman anatomy requires alot. I thought eating ice was a way to get the H20 in the system, but I am discovering its link to medical conditions. It appears that most of us ladies suffer from the same conditions, Fibroids!! I will take more vitamins, exercise more, and this ice thing will pass. I will enjoy it while it last. Like everything else, we ladies have to go through in life, next it will be hotflashes. The older we get, the more we get. Enjoy Life, its for the living. Enjoy your ICE, just be careful about your teeth,use crush ice and chew slow.
    your friend Audrey of Maryland.

  • Anonymous

    I am 15 years old and I have had ice cravings ever since I was in middle school. Sometimes when I see i ice i just have to have it, weither it be on the side of the freezer, or on my drink. If i see ice that i cannot eat like in the deep freezer at school,i just scrap it off. This past year was my peak. I have completly scrapped all the ice off the deep freezer, and have blended so many ice cubes. It can be about 70 degrees outside, and i feel every breeze. I try to stop my habit, but everytime it just becomes more stronger than the last craving. I try to hide it from my peers but i cannot, I bring water bottles full of ice to school everyday, and talk about it. Right now no one at my school understands why, but most people i know have the same problem that i have. pfshawty@yahoo.com

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  • Anonymous

    I craved ice all day long. When I went to the doctor for an annual exam, she thought I looked very pale and did a hemoglobin test. It was 4.9, it should be 12-15 for a woman. I had to get a blood transfusion a day later and I haven’t ate too much ice since. I am also taking iron pills. But I certainly was very fatigued as well, sleeping up to 15 hours a day. I work and go to school full time so I thought I was worn out. The anemia is caused by a 7 cm x 8 cm fibroid.

  • Anonymous

    Hello to all the ice eaters out there. I too am an ice eating maniac. It has just recently started about a the end of last year. I had to have a blood transfusion from lack of blood and i also was diagnosed anemic about 3 years ago before this wild craving started so i just thought that ice was another way to get water. My favorite ice to get is Sonic ice. I looooooooooooooove Sonic ice. But i am not as bad as some other ice lovers that i know. One other person i know will eat ice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is like drugs and i really didn’t know that so many people had that same addiction. Right now as i am typing this i have a bad craving for some Sonic ice. I will be satisfied with just one large cup a day and it will calm me down and i should be okay for the rest of the day. I too have heavy periods and clots and the emergency room physicians prescribed birth control pills to regularize my cycles because i was bleeding for three weeks straight. When i had the blood transfusion i had been bleeding for three months straight but that did not stop me from eating ice. I even sometimes dream about Sonic ice. I can smell it and taste it when i cant get it and it is just terrible. I am glad to know i am not alone with this. I also take vitamins with a lot of iron in it hopefully i can find something to take away my ice cravings. If anyone can think of anything besides drugs cause i wont ever do drugs.

  • maggie

    wow i finally saw this page by accident.i have been eating ice all the time,and was wondering why,i have horriable periods where i would ware diapers so i dont bleed on anything at night,and durring the day pads and tampons are changed all the time,every half hour to hour.as some of the people that wrote here mentioned about doctors not properly caring for them,i myself have the same situation.i also have been weak ,sleepy,and dont have gust in my go.because of my doctor not doing his job i will have to try iron pills over the counter.this site has made me feel alot beter of myself,i dont feel as if i have some kind of mental disorder thanks maggie

  • Anonymous

    This is so funny, a month ago I had a heavy menstrual cycle and I went to the doctor about this well after I had a blood test done he explained to me that I had low iron and an extremly low red blood cell count. Previous to this I too had been chewing alot of ice so i can totally relate to this article. Funny how you can look up the weirdest things but yet totally relate to it :)

  • SUNSHINE

    Im wishing so one would reply,i started eating ice unexplainable about 6 months ago in the mean tim very dark spots on each side of my face started acuring im not very sure were all of it is coming from my doctor said im fine but i dont feel fine im tierd all the time cant stop craving for sweets and ice have you ever heard of it. PS SUNSHINE

  • Anonymous

    I just finished a 20 oz cup of ice before deciding to look up Eating Ice on the web because I do it so much! I am a 28 yr old female and started eating ice on a regular about 3 years ago. I eat it all day at work out of their ice machines and then at home I eat atleast 3-4 cups out of either melted ice cubes from the trays or from 7 lb ice bags. Its so bad that I can be at a party or club and I will eat the ice after I finish every alcoholic drink that night! I am on Birth control, Depo-Provera, so i never have a period but when i did it was pretty heavy. I am always extremely tired and lately I’ve extra tired, dizzy and nauseated. I haven’t been able to give blood in over 2 months and i am o-positive so they are always looking for me to do so. I was anemic when i was pregnant 7 yrs ago…i am now wondering if that anemia has come back. but my dr’s never say anything when i go for my yearly physicals. Guess i better take it upon myslef to make sure everything is copasetic. I will be scheduling an appt ASAP. Thanks so much everyone for posting your views/info here. It has been an totally enlightening experience.

  • Anonymous

    this is funny. I learned this in the 10th grade in my biology class. we did a section on deficiencies. I have a friend who constantly chews ice and it hit me today while i was driving, wow, she has an iron deficiencey. What flaged me was when i saw her mom chewing ice too. I wanted to make sure i was right about this so i googled it. Man it feels soo good to be right…

  • Anonymous

    I’m not surprised that ice eating is a sign of anemia; I know I’m slightly anemic because I haven’t been able to donate blood for months, and I used to donate like clockwork up until about a year ago, which more or less coincides with the onset of my ice craving. I was also told by a waitress who saw me eating ice from my glass with a spoon that it’s a sign of diabetes. Whichever it is, clearly it’s meant to provide some kind of mineral supplement. Let’s just be glad we’re not eating dirt, which is probably what people did before ice was so readily available.

  • Anonymous

    I had heard about this ice craving from people who are anemic. I also am anemic…two large uterine fibroids. Bad loss of blood once a month that is unbearable at times. But here is the kicker for me….
    I am not addicted to chewing ice. I am addicted to chewing Cinnamon Altoids! I guess for the same reason…the cool crunchy feeling you get when you chew on ice. Weird…I have to stop…the sugar and the chomping are destroying my teeth. Too bad iron supplements don’t seem to make much of a difference for me…but spinach salad with boiled eggs helps, and taking vitamin C with iron helps to absorb the iron.
    Very strange phenomenon,,,this ice chewing….

  • Anonymous

    Is this thread still open? I just found it by googling “chewing ice anemia”. My 13-yo daughter loves to chew ice and is frequently tired, although that’s probably in part due to lack of sleep. She had the finger-prick test for anemia and it was negative. But now I’m wondering if I should do further testing. Her pediatrician seemed to discount my concern, but I’d like to be sure. Does anyone know if the finger-prick test is reliable enough or if it’s best to do more thorough testing? My daughter does not yet have her period, and she’s fairly thin and petite but normally has lots of energy except when she has to walk long distances.

  • Anonymous

    Revelations from so many! Been addicted to ice for 5 years.Started with stress of job. So I thought anyway. And I do have a tiredness prob too.
    Worst thing is the self hating I do; WHY do I chop ice out the freezer frenzidly? Feel like some sort of junkie!Sometimes crouching to do it for so long, my joints hurt. (Im 39). Also scared I’ll break the freezer like I did once when using a sharp knife. Husband will go so crazy-we’re trying to rent out the place. Feel like I’m sub human or something.
    But reading others stories makes me know I can beat this thing. App. with Dr. tomoro for iron test.

  • Anonymous

    Im getting really worried…Im a 19yr old Black female and Im addicted to ice…I thought i was the only one who craved ice like i do and after reading these posts, and doing a little research on it…lets just say i was better off just happily crunching on my ice then trying to figure out the reason behind it…i go thru 2 7lb bags of ice every other day…i used to crunch on the cubes like some kind of maniac but after i realized that they could crack teeth, i started making pure ice slushies…i fill my blender almost to the top with ice cubes, then fill the blender with water and hit the highest mode, pulverizing the ice into a slushed treat thats just as good as the cubes (even better i think!) and easier on my teeth, then i drain the excess water from the ice and eat whats left with a spoon…but before i discovered this seemingly safer way of indulging my addiction, i got ice any way i could, anytime, anywhere, anyhow…i bout had a nervous breakdown when our ice machine stopped working ( i tore it out in fit of rage because all the cubes were stuck to the bottom and I couldnt get to it quick enough), i absolutly must have a tall cup of ice before going to sleep at night, and even then i usually wake up in the middle of the night becaue of a random craving…i must eat a cup b4 and after i eat a meal, i eat ice between snacks, while im driving, while im reading, when im extremly emotional i.e. very angry, frustrated, distressed….never when im enjoying myself or obviously happy…even when im bored…im eatin on some as i type this…there’s just never a bad tiem fo rice in my book…but as i continured to read these post and do my own personal reearch, i also notice that that the women who experience this crazy addiction as well are also always tired and their periods are always heavy…same here….my periods have always been heavy and i cant seem to ever get enough sleep…the thing that worries me though is that IM ONLY 19

  • Anonymous

    Im getting really worried…Im a 19yr old Black female and Im addicted to ice…I thought i was the only one who craved ice like i do and after reading these posts, and doing a little research on it…lets just say i was better off just happily crunching on my ice then trying to figure out the reason behind it…i go thru 2 7lb bags of ice every other day…i used to crunch on the cubes like some kind of maniac but after i realized that they could crack teeth, i started making pure ice slushies…i fill my blender almost to the top with ice cubes, then fill the blender with water and hit the highest mode, pulverizing the ice into a slushed treat thats just as good as the cubes (even better i think!) and easier on my teeth, then i drain the excess water from the ice and eat whats left with a spoon…but before i discovered this seemingly safer way of indulging my addiction, i got ice any way i could, anytime, anywhere, anyhow…i bout had a nervous breakdown when our ice machine stopped working ( i tore it out in fit of rage because all the cubes were stuck to the bottom and I couldnt get to it quick enough), i absolutly must have a tall cup of ice before going to sleep at night, and even then i usually wake up in the middle of the night becaue of a random crear=2006

  • Anonymous

    Ok….this is the same 19yr old worried Black chic…if yall are wondering why Im worried…its because most of the females who had the same symptoms as me were middle aged and the diagnosis was severe…my craving with ice is going on about 2yrs strong….ima be honest and say that im scared…i hope im not anemic…before i go to the doc and get it checked out…even though those damn docs shoulda told me if i was a looooong time ago, or at least one time within these past 2yrs…Im going to start taking multivitamins once a day for a month and hopefully my ice cravings will subside,my energy will resurface and my period will lighten up…but please, Im very serious about this and welcome as much help as possible…keep in mind i dont plan on revealing my identity just because im offered help…but a response to this post with another post will be greatly appreciated…even if im looking too deep into this, tell me that also lol

  • Cat

    I’ve been diagnosed with severe anemia. It developed after major blood loss after the birth of my baby in July of 2005 (10 months ago), but I only found out I was anemic 2 months ago after complaining that I was too exhausted to clean the house, exercise, etc. I also suffer from hypothyroidism. Both my TSH levels and my hemoglobin are abnormal. Nevre-the-less I am glad to see some posts and studies about this, because since the day my daughter was born and I became anemic I have not been able to stop chewing ice. I crunch on,large glasses of it a day, often with just a dab of water or juice, maybe 1oz.I must crunch 5-7 large glasses full a day. I crave it!!!! I can’t stop the habit, its insatiable, like a thirst that never ends!!!! I hope after taking iron supplements as recommended by my doctor that the craving will go away. Its extra bad for me to have this habit, because I have arthritis in my jaw of all things and it sometimes aches when I chew ice, but I can’t stop. Additionally, I’m worries about the enamel on my teeth over time!!!!

    Anyhow, very interesting side effect of low iron I must say!!!!

  • Cat

    I’ve been diagnosed with severe anemia. It developed after major blood loss after the birth of my baby in July of 2005 (10 months ago), but I only found out I was anemic 2 months ago after complaining that I was too exhausted to clean the house, exercise, etc. I also suffer from hypothyroidism. Both my TSH levels and my hemoglobin are abnormal. Nevre-the-less I am glad to see some posts and studies about this, because since the day my daughter was born and I became anemic I have not been able to stop chewing ice. I crunch on,large glasses of it a day, often with just a dab of water or juice, maybe 1oz.I must crunch 5-7 large glasses full a day. I crave it!!!! I can’t stop the habit, its insatiable, like a thirst that never ends!!!! I hope after taking iron supplements as recommended by my doctor that the craving will go away. Its extra bad for me to have this habit, because I have arthritis in my jaw of all things and it sometimes aches when I chew ice, but I can’t stop. Additionally, I’m worries about the enamel on my teeth over time!!!!

    Anyhow, very interesting side effect of low iron I must say!!!!

  • Anonymous

    this is amazing…i’ve been craving ice like crazy for the past month or so and it just dawned on me to google it to see if i could find out a medical reason for it and i found this blog. i’m definitely going to look into iron supplements or something….thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I was supprised to read how many of you crave ice. I had my gastric by pass in 2001 with many complications. I had five sugeries and 15 hospital stays in that first year. I need to know if any of you crave Icepops.I crave them so bad I can’t stand to try to eat until my stomach is ice cold and numb.I buy them by the bags. If i don’t my stomach hurts and i threw up. If anyone has this same problem I would like to know.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad to know that the symptoms I have experienced for the last few months are not just because of me being strange. I recently started taking Nexium-which can block the absorption of iron in your body. Soon after, I started craving ice like crazy, and I never had before. I also crave wintergreen lifesavers- I eat so many of them that i know it can’t be good for me- and also sand. I live at the beach, and I used to go out onto the dunes and get sand, wash it well, and would eat it. I honestly thought I was just crazy, but now I see that this could be a sign of anemia. I have donated blood in the past and my iron levels were always fine, but I went to donate today (first time since starting nexium) and my count was 33, where it’s usually 38-40. I have started taking a multivitamin with iron and plan on calling the doctor about iron supplaments in the morning. Good to know i’m not as crazy as I thought!

  • Anonymous

    Gastric bypass patients are especially prone to pagophagia caused by low ferritin. About two years after my gastric bypass I began chewing ice insatiably. The cravings overpowered every other aspect of my life. I ruined teeth and felt terrible. Finally, my doctor tested my ferritin level. I was down to 5. Because of the bypass, I eventually had to begin iron infusions. I improved immediately and the craving for ice disappeared.

  • emogrlrox

    I am 15. I think I have anemia. I chew ice everyday. I have symptoms such as
    -fatigue
    -headaches
    and other symptoms.
    I don’t know what to do, but i am going to get it checked out… Wish me luck!

  • emogrlrox2

    I am 15 years old. At the beggining of the year I didn’t really have a craving for ice, but i never had a good intake of water. I would get light headed and receive huge unbearable headaches. So, I begain chewing on ice. I knew that this was bad for my teeth and that was really my only concern, but i told myself that it was okay, since i didn’t loose my very last teeth yet, it was okay to grind them down a bit. It is now May, and my ice chewing is getting pretty bad. Usually I eat about 4-5 cups of ice a day… just yesterday i ate 3. My freind recently told me about Anemia. We were looking it up today, she thinks i have Iron Defficeincy Anemia, aparently eating or chewing ice is a symptom. I am also tired, have headaches, and get light headed or dizzy. But these only last for a couple of seconds. Other symptoms like:
    -blue fingernails or lips
    -fatigue
    -dizzyness
    -shortness of breath
    -cold all the time
    Yes, my lips get blue when I am cold… but that is when it is cold out side. I don’t have shortness of breath, and i don’t have fatigue, except I’ve been tired lately, and feel I am not getting enough rest. I am not sure if I have Anemia, and i need to get tested… but the thought of getting my blood drawn is freaking me out. I plan to ask my doctor about Anemia and ask her if i should get tested. I am scared and hope i don’t have Anemia.

    Wish me Luck!

  • Anonymous

    Ice Eater, too!! Wow…I have read most of these and can certainly relate. I haven’t had any tests for anemia but I do have heavy periods and one thing I have that I really haven’t read here(might have missed it)is I have severe heartburn. I have taken Nexium for several years, just switched to Prilosec. I thinkj about ice all the time and another thing I love and crave just about as much as ice is Lifesaver PEPPERMINTS. I have to be eating one of the two almost all the time. I had the severe heartburn before the ice and peppermint craving so i don’t know if they are related. They want to do a Upper Gi but i don’t feel like I have the $1000 deductable that my insurance would cost me. I just though tI would share mysymptoms. My favorite ice is crushed straight out of my icemaker. But Sonic is pretty good as well. I have noticed that it seems to make me have to go to the bathroom alot. I hope it’s not messing up my bladder.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Im Cara im 15 and i am addicted to ice just like everyone here. its amazing what ive learned from all of this. like i seriously thought i was the only one who ate ice all the time. i seriously know what kind of ice is good and bad and who has the best ice. i even have ranked my top ten favorite kinds of ice. id say im pretty addicted. i counted one day and i had 19 trays of 24 ice cubes. yeah i think ill go to the doctor everyone says that its a sign of anemia but i never really looked into it

  • Anonymous

    Hi… I’ve learned a lot from reading all the posts here. Thanks to everyone for being so honest about something I don’t hear people talking about much in general conversation. I’ve been crunching ice for about two years… at first it was iron deficiency anemia, and I had a series of 10 infusions, and the cravings went away. They’re back, and I’m not anemic this time, so I don’t have the easy answer anymore. What I do know and would offer to anyone concerned about their teeth is that letting a blender or ice shaver process the ice is better than letting my teeth do it. After going through four or five ice shavers (they all seem to have motors that don’t handle daily use for long), I finally bought one of those expensive VitaMix blenders, and it’s amazing. I pull 16 ounces of ice at a time from the crushed ice setting on the fridge, and let it freeze for a few hours with the blender container. I do several cups at a time and store the crushed ice in ziploc bags. There’s something that really works about having everything the same temperature (ice, blender, etc.). Anyway, use the high setting, hit the button, agitate the ice for 8 seconds, and empty into bags, and you have the most amazing lightweight, melt on your tongue, fine textured snow. For anyone whose teeth are bothering them, hope this helps.

  • seasonal ice eater

    Oh my goodness!
    Like some of you I went to the net and typed in “Why do I crave ice?” There is deffinately a connection with the anemia. I had chronically low iron before I received a blood transfusion. But because I have beta thallesemia which is another form of anemia, I can not tolerate iron preparations. No multivitamins or anything. I laughed really hard at the lady who said she was a regular at sonic because of the ice. Almost everything she said was me. I don’t know what connections there are to the digestional tract but I have Primary sclerosing colangitis and no one has been able to tell me where I got it. I don’t know why but I only crave ice during ceartin times of the year. Usually
    during allergy season. And during this same time I suffer from muscle twitching. Anyone else?

  • seasonal ice eater

    To the 19 yr old black female who is very worried: And to every one else. I have been craving ice since I was a teenager.I am also a black female now 39 years old. You have a right to be concerned. I know that I am anemic but in two different ways. iron defficient and Beta thallesemia which is an anemia similar to sickle. It would be a good idea to see your Dr. while you are young. I didn’t find out any of this until last year. Mostly with the Beta, It makes you fatigued. But I can’t take iron for it. I take folic acid. There are also various kinds of vitamin deficiencies. Some of which taking multivitamins would be more harmful than useful.I have always been without energy even when I was your age. But especially after I gave birth to my first son. I have 4 children now and almost no energy most of the time. But I’ve also got a lot of other issues too.

    I can relate to almost every story here. To the guy who broke the freezer, so did I.

    And the sonic ice eater. I know what you mean.

    Oh, and Lost two teeth because of ice chewing. Thanks for the blender tip!

    Hey guys did you know that ice has gas in it? Here’s a crazy question….Anyone else like to smell the exhaust from the car engine? Just asking!

  • Anonymous

    I am anemic and I have been eating ice sence the day i first had it :]
    I don’t know why but my cravings for it are getting worse and I already know that i am terribly anemic..i take pills and vitamens everyday, but my cravings for ice don’t change they only get worse…and i’m not sure about my anemia..but i still feel very weak at most times too.. maybe its because i am very short…and my periods have always been irrigular..but i don’t know..hopefully i’ve helped someone by reading this because everything i’ve read has helped me lots! I had NO idea that ice could make someone anemic or on the verg to anemia…

  • Ellen

    This is so interesting!!!! I am 36 year old woman with an obsession in chewing ice. My friend told me today to get on the net and find out why I eat so much is because when she has a cuppa with me I have one with a cup of ice on the side! When I go to McDonald Drive thru in my suburb the girlz at the window automatically get me a large cup of ice!!!!!!! LOL!! Seems i visit too often!!!!
    I also thought of buying one of those large fridges with an ice crushing machine in the front so that I dont have to drive up the road to McDonalds. I have trained my children to make sure they fill the ice trays after their own use and get quite agitated when they have not done so! My poor kidz. (that’s 4 I need to train!)
    I am going to get a blood test first thing and then proceed other direction that I have been informed about on this site. Thank you everyone for sharing ur testimonies with the world. I feel normal.

  • Anonymous

    WOW. I knew I wasn’t alone but its so great seeing it here online. All the dr think I’m nuts but I finally found a hemotologist that understands. My feritin goes down to 4. I get iron infusions every 6 months. I missed my last infusion due 2 months ago and now I back to eating ice all day. Waking in the middle of the night thinking about ice. Sonic has the best but none around here. I use the Magic Bullet to crush the ice. I also crave pepperment candy too. Once I get the infusion the cravings stop.

  • Anonymous

    i’ve read a bit about this when i discovered that ice cravings is a symptom of anemia. I was anemic when i was pregnant with my 3rd child 15 years ago. I grabbed at ice in the freezer every pass thru the kitchen. I lost a lot of blood and as i healed, the cravings left. Now they are back. Tonight my ankles have swollen. …another sign.
    To everyone eating ice. Please seek medical attention. Then go to your dentist as you probably have dental destruction from the ice. If you get your iron from vitamins, remember that vitamin C helps iron to absorb. You can also get iron from cooking in cast iron skillets, however this iron does not absorb easily. I’ve learned this from my internet research. Please talk to your physician!!! Iron deficiency can be very dangerous and can cause or is a result from other major health problems.

  • Anonymous

    Umm. to the poster who noted that eating ice makes her go to the bathroom a lot……. who knew that eating/drinking a lot of frozen water would make you have to pee?

  • Anonymous

    I, too, craved ice soooo much that I hated to leave the house for fear of not having access to any! Then I went to the doctor for my annual pap, told the dr about my fibroids, heavy period, and all the other yucky stuff that goes along with them, she ordered a blood test, found out my count was at a 6 (should be 12, I believe) and immediately got me in for a blood transfusion and put me on iron pills. Since then (2 weeks ago), my cravings have stopped! Not completely, but instead of the usual 10+cups of ice per day, I have had maybe 3 or 4 ice cubes in the past 2 weeks, but I think it’s more out of habit than anything. I am scheduled to have a hysterectomy in a few weeks, due to so much blood loss every month. But I know now I am not crazy! I hated the fact I craved ice and never knew why until my hubby’s aunt asked me if I was anemic, and told me that was why. Weird…

  • I have a dream

    Hello sisterhood of the ice,
    every comment posted has been about personal experiences, I can tell you about my personal experience but i’d rather do something about it, i’m making a myspace account and would like all of you to be my friends, go to myspace.com and look for roadkilldeadahead. us ice eaters need to unite, we need to inform the world of this problem so that doctors and health proffesionals can take us seriously. there needs to be more reasearch done on this. we need answers. I have an idea, i’m going to contact Dicovery health channel, they will get the word out. for all you moms and teenagers: contact your local news station tell them your story. we need to unite, take a stand, protect our daughters and their daughters, i’m up for the fight, NO MORE ICE, who’s with me?

  • ICE QUEEN

    HI ICE FAMILY,IM A 23 YR OLD MOTHER OF TWO AND IM A COMPULSIVE ICE EATER I EVEN EAT WHAT I CALL SNOW THAT FORMS IN FREEZERS ITS SUCH A HARD HABIT TO CUT, IT ALL STARTED WITH MY FIRST PREGNANCY AND HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR 8 YEARS I AM ANEMIC AND AFRAID IT WILL GET WORST I CANT HAVE BIG CUBES THEY MUST BE Small PEOPLE W/O THIS PROBMLEM JUST DONT KNOW SO THEY THINK WERE CRAZY BUT GUESS WHAT I DONT CARE IM GRATEFUL FOR THIS SITE IM NOT ALONE!!!!!!

  • ICE QUEEN

    I ALSO HAVE TO MENTION THAT I DO WANT TO QUIT SO BAD I SEE MY OLDEST MY DAUGHTER IS STARTING THE HABIT I DONT WANT HER TOO.

  • Anonymous

    I too crave ice. As I type this I am wishing I was crunching some now. I tried to donate blood yesterday and was refused because of low blood. I read my medical book on anemia and one of the symptoms listed was a craving to eat ice. I eat a 7 pound bag a week. I will drive across town to find the exact kind that I want. I used to eat it as a teen and quit cold turkey or my anemia got better. The past two years it is just overwhelming. As soon as I unlook the door, I drop my purse on the kitchen table and go directly to the freezer and stand there like an addict (i guess I am) and eat ice for a few moments just to calm the urge. I eat it after dinner like a dessert. Now that I know what is truly medically wrong with me I will seek help to boost my iron levels.

  • Anonymous

    I had a ice graving where i wanted ice rather than food, my iron was low8 they said it should be at least 12, i started taking 130-195 miligrams of iron, about 2 months now no ice graving, cause was probably i bleed to death the 1st day of my period then normal for 6 days later. I just turned 45, now I eat food alot.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my God I can not believe that people eat ice. I eat so much ice i thought I was crazy. But I have fibroids and I am severly anemic. I need to take iron 3 times a day. I will start taking the pills tonight after I eat about 10 cups of ice. That is exciting that I am not the only ice eater.

  • Anonymous

    I eat ice like crazy my kids and husband thinks it is funny but it is not. I am going to buy iron and try taking it last time i gave blood my iron was on 12 so i guess it is time

  • Anonymous

    I am a 35 year old female who has been anemic for as long as I can remember. Of course as I got older doctors tried to find it’s cause. Being a female with heavy menstrual cycles, the search ended there. Doctors tried to get my iron levels up with birth control, to regulate my cycles, and iron supplements. It worked. But being non-compliant, I would stop the medications and immediately my levels would drop again. Only last year, with a new primary care physician, did I find out I have THALASSEMIA along with iron deficiency anemia. Simply stated Thalassemia Beta (the type I have)is a type of ‘sickle-cell’ found in descendants from the Mediterranean reagion. Most doctors will just tell you your body doesn’t make enough hemoglobin, but it is more than that. Specifically, persons of Asian and African descent are afflicted. All the doctors over all those years never thought to run more detailed tests? I suggest before you run up your insurance bills and suffer preps for some of these procedures, simply ask your doctor to check your iron stores and function along with the standard HBG. Specifically ask for a HEMOGLOBIN ELECTROPHORESIS. It just may save you a lot of time, money and suffering.

  • Anonymous

    We went over that recently in Anatomy. Our teacher brought it up because she had a baby the year before and she often spoke of things relating to preganecy.

    I hope I don’t have iron-defiency because I eat a lot of ice. It’s been that way for over 10 years from early childhood thru purberty to the present day. I’ve also always had a few of the other symptoms of iron-defiency including shortness of breath (diagnoised later with asthma), headaches, painful cycles, and brittle nails and hair too.

    I guess if I had it, a doctor would have noticed by now. ^_^ So far I’ve shown no signs of any kind of anemia despite the above symptoms. Trust me on that– when I was younger I always fell below average in height up till age 13 and my mom had me tested for a variety of things. I’d imagine a doctor would have mentioned if I had anemia during one of those tests.

    Regardless it’s nice knowing that I’m not the only one with this strange obession. That’s not even my weirdest obession. My worst is that I love to chew on things including clothe, rubber, plastic, and metals. I do not eat any of those items, just chew on them. I wonder if that’s a symptom of something. ^_~

    Thanks for the posting this.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care what anyone says but this is a load of crap. Chewing ice is a statistical occurence which will occur in percentage of any group of people. Lets see, out of a group of 67 people who experience high levels of stress 48 like smoked salmon therefore eating smoked salmon is a symptom of high levels of stress.. Get real.

  • Jan

    Back in 2001, I was taking a bag of ice to work and putting it in the freezer. During the day I would get a 24 oz cup and eat on it. It wasn’t until I had some blood work done and was found to be iron deficient that I put 2 and 2 together. I took 325 mg of iron twice a day for 1 year and the ice cravings stopped. At that point, blood level was just inside the low end of the range, but doctor would not prescribe any more iron. I was also having heavy periods for several months in the beginnings of menapause that attributed to the iron deficency.

  • Anonymous

    Ive been an ice eater for 18 years off and on. the best ice its the bullet shaped kind from a carry out place called Sonic. I get a cherry limeaid with extra ice everyday, and beat ice from a grocery store with a hammer in zip locs bags when I get home at night. Ive always taken a mulivitamin, have heavy clotted periods, am on birth control, and have fibroids. Thank goodness for Google. Im spending at least 40 dollars a month on this habit, and have cracked 3 teeth, and chipped a couple in the process.

  • Anonymous

    I have had an ice addiction for about 2 years. I have tried to give blood and was told I am anemic. The past two weeks I have had moderate pain under my right ribcage and just had a sonogram and blood work done. I would not have put the two together if it were not for the fact that over the weekend, I had no ice and the pains stopped. When I went back to work today and had several cups of ice, the pains started back. I will know the results by the end of the week.

  • Anonymous

    Well…..I’m 18 years old and I have had anaemia for the past three years. My first red flag was when I fainted at my 10th grade orientation, the room went black and I was left breathless….soon after I started eating ice like crazy. I am a black girl from the Caribbean and I am already light skinned, but when I was first diagnosed, my skin colour went from a creamy caramel to a pale yellow. Buh I got better after that, but 5 months ago, my ice cravings have sky rocketed to an obsession. I actually am incharge of making the ice in the house since I only eat them. I make sure they’re frozen enough to make a special crackle and pop in my mouth. And just 2 weeks ago, I found myslef just couldn’t stop thinking about ice. I don’t drink liquid water any more, first thing on my mind is ice, last thing ice. Help me!!!!! I think this is more than anaemia, and I’m scared to go to the doctor again. And my complextion is lightening again….

  • Anonymous

    HI,I’M A 14 YEARS OLD GIRL, AND I HAVE BEEN CHEWING ICE FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS.I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT. I LOVE IT.NOW I’M HAVING ABOUT 45 ICES A DAY.IS ICE BAD FOR MY HEALTH?? CAN SOMEONE HELP?

  • Anonymous

    Since about the year 2000, I have been devouring about 3 or 4, 16 ounce cups of crushed ice a day. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Last year, the doctors found out that I have fibroid tumors, along with my already long diagnosed thalassemia trait. Since I have been regularly taking my prescribed 975 mg of ferrous sulfate a day, my ice cravings are almost GONE. Now, I am dehydrated half the time and I have to force myself to drink enough. (LAUGH). Hemoglobin 7.8 currently. It’s been 5.6 before. Working my way up to 12. GET A CBC!!! Good luck everybody!!

  • kayakadventurer

    A coworker told me today that my insatiable cravings for ice, baking soda, burnt match tips actually had a name! I was amazed! I had gastric bypass surgery 7 years ago and i haven’t been keeping up my protein & vitamin/mineral regimen for a couple of years. Now i know i am probably iron deficient, but i also wonder about the fact i compulsively ate dirt as a child and whether those things are related. It is good to know i am not the only one with these weird cravings. I have an appointment with a gastro doc soon and after tests, i will know for sure. I had been experiencing diminished energy as well, so it all makes sense now.

  • ICE_Q

    I’ve been eating A LOT of ice for a little over a year now. Some people say “Sexual Frustration” and some say “Sign of Iron Deficiency Anemia”…

    I actually enjoy eating ice because I usually don’t drink water and the amount of ice I eat per day is probably more than 10 glasses of water. (I bought an ice machine which make soft ice a few months ago after I broke two teeth from chewing ice)…

    Just a month ago, my mother came to visit and she was shock to see me look very pale (which I didn’t realize). I also fainted in the office one day which led me to finally schedule for a physical check up. (Haven’t done this in years). Initially, I thought I overworked and didn’t eat right. I felt weak and tired all the time…

    The blood test came out proving I am Anemic. My doctor doesn’t explain why but she did say my Ice chewing is related and will go away after my Iron Level is stable. They defered me to see a hematologist who’s so very busy and my first appointment is not until next month :(

    Meanwhile, I’m eating more Iron rich cereal and spinach :) Hopefully all I need is iron supplement :)

    I don’t know what that number means but mine is 6.7 (which I need to bring it up above 10)

  • Anonymous

    I am 6 months pregnant and over the last few months i have been craving ice i carry a 52 oz cup to work with me everyday and go t othe dining hall to fill it up with ice to eat during the day. I work in a hospital so i always have somewhere i can get ice from. I haven’t wanted to mention it to my doctor becasue i figured they would just tell me it was nothing. I was diagnosed as an anemic when i was younger but my labs since being pregnant showed i wasn’t anemic anymore. Maybe i have become anemic again since the baby is taknig everything i have to develope his own system.

  • Anonymous

    I EAT ICE!!!!!!AND IM ANEMIC LOL AHHAHA WHOW I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE!!I DOTN UNDERSTAND WHY ITS SO BAD FOR YOU? I MEAN ITS JUST WATER? I TAKE MY IRON PILLS BUT STILL OCASSIONALLY EAT ICE! ITS A HABIT!!

  • michelle

    i am only 16 an i am addicted to ice. every day i drink 2 mason 3 jars glasses of water a day before i fill the glass with water i completely fill the jar with ice then put the water in it. i chew on all the ice the get more. before bed i do the same but i do not put any water in it. i went to the docter to see if i was anemic but my blood test came back purfect. i was tryed to to stop but i cant……I LOVE ICE…..ICE IS THE BEST!

  • debbie

    I also am addicted to ice, and like most of you I am anemic and have severely heavy periods. I am 50 years old.
    My grandkids always want ice now when they see me eating it. Also my daughter is now addicted to eating ice. I have seen me stop at a drive through restaurant and ask only for a large cup of ice.(its embarrasing). About six months ago I had to have a root canal because I cracked one of my teeth in half chomping on an ice cube. When I visit people they say, do you want a coffee, I say, do you have ice? And the nerve of them, they only give me a couple (lol- I guess they don’t really know what an ice craving feels like!
    The upside of eating ice is that its fat free and I can really stand to lose about a hundred pounds and eating ice instead of lays is really much better don’t you think. Also, in the summer, ice is so refreshing and I think it actually brings your body temperature down a notch or two and helps keep you feeling cooler on those nasty muggy hot days.
    I like ice, I really don’t want to stop craving it.
    I am an addict, people shake their heads at me.
    I don’t care though. Its still gotta be better than smoking or drinking or drugs.
    My only problem with eating ice is that I am up all night peeing.
    I guess eating this much ice will do it to you every time.
    debbie

  • Julie

    Hi guys. I think i know a little bit about this ice crushing as a result of experience. I started having heavy menstural periods, i mean i would bleed continuosly for more than a month. And then i developed this craving. Then, i got a transfusion and it all stopped at once. I would actually cring at the thought of crushing ice. It irritated me so much. Now, i have just had another heavy bleeding and then as you guessed the ice craving came right back. So i know for sure that in most cases, iron deficiency is the cause of the cravings!

  • pwoam

    Wow, i can’t believe i am not alone!!! I decided to post a comment about ice craving because, I just recently told my husband about i thought i was the only crazy one that craves ice but little did i know until i started searching the web. It’s kinda nice to know there are individuls out there that can relate to what i’m going through. I mentioned it to my doctor but come to realize that there hasn’t much done about it. So i am better off speaking with her again and letting her know how concerned i am about this because duh, it’s my body and well ya know…. anyhow along with the ice chewing i have discovered that spicy foods has become a problem,maybe because after chewing so much ice eventually the tongue becomes numb i suppose. Well just to let all those ice chewers know “Your not alone”. You wanna know something if the doctor doesn’t tell you about what concerns you have, go search for it yourself.

    pwoam, pwoam@aol.com

  • Anonymous

    Oh my God! I’m not a complete wierdo!
    I’ve been an ice muncher for 7 years now, since being pregnant with my first child. I’ve been driving everyone crazy with my constant crunching and now I know why.
    I have a history of anemia and my cravings have got worse since falling pregnant with my third baby. I’m seeing my midwife today so i will have to mention this to her.

  • Anonymous

    I am well and truly addicted to ice!!! I love the stuff but GOD it can be embarrasing!! I’ve been trying to get the courage to do something about it but i was scared to look for help because i thought something must be wrong and i was scared to find out what it was. I have just read so many comments from other “ice addicts” and i’d like to thank all of you! I’m taking myself to the doctor and i’m gonna work hard to stop this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Naylah

    It feels great to know i’m not alone! I’ve been anemic for years but i never connectd my ice cravings with it. Today, i’m glad to be a woman and i thank GOD for this website!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been an ice chewer since childhood and have on occasion been told I am anemic. After my total knee replacement two years ago, I was severely anemic but was
    not transfused. I used iron supplements for a few months, but now I’m back to chewing ice constantly. I’ve nearly driven my
    coworkers nuts with the noise and didn’t connect it with anemia. I’m
    going to try some iron supplements
    and see if the ice chewing abates.

  • Anonymous

    My name is Jodi, and I too am eating ice as I’m typing this! Oh man, I had no idea there were really so many people like me out there. I went today to give blood for the first time ever,(I’m 37 by the way) and they told me no because my iron level was low. I’ve
    known that I’ve been anemic in the
    past when I was pregnant, and have even been told that ice chewing could be a sign of low iron, but I think I have really convinced myself that this is just an addiction, until now, today!! I’ve been eating ice, pretty much all day, everyday, for the past 3-4
    years. some times more than other times.I don’t really have any other symptoms, maby except heavy
    menstration,and head aches somtimes.I went to see the doctor
    today and he is running a blood screen. after reading evrything that I’ve read about this tonite,
    I’m kind of scared now. I pray that theres nothing really wrong with me.It’s really great to finally get some insight on this probleme though, I’ve been afraid
    that I’ll chew my teeth down to nothing! Everyone take care o.k.!!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t stop eating ice I bought tiny cube trays so I can get them at the right consistancy so my teeth don’t hurt when I crunch.
    I just found out that I’m anemic my iron level in my blood was a 7 when I went in for surgery and found out that they weren’t going to proceed because of my iron level.
    I am extremely tired all the time I only have the energy to take my kids to school I also run a constant temp every day of 99.3 to 99.9 for over a year and now over the past 2 weeks I have nausia fever and chills my dr says it’s from a vitamin deficiency . Is that possible?
    Kim Z.

  • Anonymous

    Well I have to admit I to am an avid ice cruncher, even as I type this message, my vat of ice sits within my reach. Reading all of your messsages was like reading about myself, we are all so much alike in so many ways. I munch my ice summer, winter, spring and fall even during the nastiest of noreasters I have to get out to get my ice, nothing can stop me. All the restarunts and quickie marts know me because of my 32 oz cup of ice, that I never leave without, sometimes requesting two, just in case. And yes I to am anemic but knowing this my doctor has never sugested I do anything about it, strange. This site has opened my eyes that’s for sure. To think all those unwanted comments about my love of ice over the years, and still today “you want what? A LARGE cup of ice?” On that note I wish you all well.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. I did not realised that so many others have this problem. I have tried to stop my ice crunching but after a while it just comes back. I asked a nutritionist about my cravings as I would really crave this thing after eating. Hr said it causes constipation. I am going to take iron supplements and see what the outcome. Ice is too sweeeeeeeet. I just have to have it all the time. Right now I am trying so hard not to go to the refrigerator. God help me.

  • Anonymous

    My ice story is similar to most others, but I fixate myself by putting bottled mineral water in the freezer and waiting til it’s almost froozen and the shake the life out it until it freezes in the bottle in front of me. Cut open and heaven awaits. The softest ice you can ever imagine, a Sunday feast indeed. Seriously though, I’m look for ways to cure my anmeia. A little molasses seems to cut the ice craving and replenishes the iron a bit. I live in Japan and no doctor has ever been to lead me in the right direction.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God! I was never one to eat ice, I don’t even like snowballs! then one day this past summer I had a sudden craving for a snowball with no flavor and everyday since I have had to have some sort of ice. I work at a fast food place where I am the midnight manager. When I get to work the first thing I do is get a 32oz. cup of ice and I will eat one after another all night long. One of the employees said they heard somewhere that it was a sign of iron deficiency. I started thinking about it and it made sense because I never even put ice in anything I drink so to eat ice like I’ve been doing for the past 6 months is really abnormal for me. I sat down and typed in “eating ice” and found out he was right. I will try iron suppliments starting tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    I too crave ICE. I took iron and it did no good until I began taking Vitamin C with the iron as the “c” helps your body absorb iron. I read one of the ladies was going to start taking Slow FE. Better take two, they are weak compared to prescription iron but better than nothing. I also read one lady had skin problems. Me too, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. No tolerance to gluton. My thyroid also doesn’t work.

  • Anonymous

    I am an ice eater. It has been very hard on my teeth. So I stopped eating the cubes. What I now do is take the ice cubes and place them in the Magic Bullet and fill it with water. I blend it and in 30 seconds I have a container or crushed ice. It is easier on your teeth and it is quick. Today I started taking TriHemic for iron deficiency. In about 3 weeks I hope to be off ice. I am tired of eating it. It is making my face feel numb. I do have heavy periods due to fibroids. I did not know that this was also related to ice eating. Thanks a million for the information.

  • Anonymous

    Hello with good news.I found this weblog by googling ICE CHEWING. I went to my GP with the guess I was anemic. He testing my hemoglobin at 8.5. He immed. put me on Ferrous Sulfate (iron) therapy and after 4 wks. of that my hemoglobin was 12.0, and leI absolutely lost all desire in ice chewing. Thanks to the weblogs mention of this I am free! I am a 49 yr. old who constantly chewed for 2-3 yrs, am in premenopause, and am having a colonoscopy to rule out intestinal bleeding as a source. I have very heavy periods, increasingly so. One log mentioned palopagia, a form of PICA. The nurse arranging my colonoscopy was very familiar with the condition as linked to anemia. Can’t thank all of you enough for sharing stories which were more often than not so similar to mine.
    Yours, plenty of teeth repair to go…

  • Anonymous

    you also need vitamin c to help your body absorb the iron you take.that’s why some iron takers are getting good results.

  • Anonymous

    I swear we should start up a ice eating club I cant even post a comment because I feel like each and everyone of you. I have chewed on ice ever since my second pregnancy and she is 4 now. I do have all the symptoms and I am chronically anemic and cannot tolerate Iron intake. I was put on Slow Fe and that seems to work well with me I am so inconsistent therefore it really isn’t helping. My question is will I develop some crazy dissease or mess up my immune system due to ice chewing? I am 26 and I have had 2 back tooths removed due to breaking my teeth while ice chewing. I now I feel like an addict and recently I have developed and excessive craving and I have fought 2 yeast infections in the last month…now I know why!!!

  • Nelda

    I have been a dibetic for 51 of my 56 years. I have done the usual diabetic stuff-difficult pregnancies, heart attact, kidney and pancreas transplants, etc, I am currently on dialysis and getting a work up for another kidney. I have been an ice eater since at least my teens. Except for my teeth it has not been a big problem until lately. I crave-and eat it constantly. As a dialysis patient I am limited in the amount of fluids that I should consume in a day. My ice eating pushes me well over my limit and i end up gaining way too much fluid weight between dialysis treatments. It stresses my heart to pull that much fluid off. But I can’t seem to fight the craving. The comments on this web site have been a comfort and also have given me some things to look into to see it it will help. Any one else on dialysis? I would love to hear from you. Email is pealerco@yahoo.com Thanks,Nelda

  • Anonymous

    I thought ice eatong was caused by stress. My story started with not so mych chewing then when my dad died of cancer 2 yrs ago it got worse. I notice also that when I’m anxious I crave for it even more, or when I’m home all day and nothing to do. It feels good to me to eat ice, I even wait till everyones asleep so I could eat it without worrying that I’m making too much noise. I am definitly gonna check to see if I am anemic though. Thanks for the info

    ICE ON!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I am glad I found this website. I too have been craving shaved ice for the last three years. I’ve so much as to buy a snow cone machine every two years and purchased large bags of ice when grocery shopping. I go thru several 16 lbs. bags of ice during the week. I also have a snow cone machine at my parents house when I visit. I know something is wrong but is in need of visiting the doctor again.

  • Anonymous

    My Ice cravings are incredibly strong. Teeth are a mess … breakage. Have lost all faith in doctors. Always had a bad stomach to be taking iron pills.I refuse to get a colonoscopy. I do have diverticulitis. I am 59 yrs old. I was raised on B-12 injections, as I was also anaemic as a young lady. Doctor laughed when I suggested getting iron from my diet alone. He knew it could not be built up that way. Now I can not get those precious injections.Doctors are totally ignoring any real treatment plans. Endocrinologists take way too much time and money to get to the point of it all. Yup, para hyperthyroidism is now part of it. Carrot juice is color of my blood.I crave liquid geritol, it goes down better than iron pills. My bones are quite fragile and calcium therapy is even more ridiculous to get done with my hiatal hernia at esophagous area. I bite my hair, the split ends. Fingernails are real soft. Looks all downhill from here. Help.

  • Michele

    To make a long story short I can pretty much ditto every story told here. I would just like to say that 2 weeks ago my doctor put me on a strong prescription iron pill. I went from eating ice constantly to not having any in the last 2 days. This is miraculous for me. I am so glad to read that the ice eating is a SYMPTOM of anemia and not the cause like my gyn/ob tried to tell me when I was pregnant with my second child. I felt like an addict sneaking around to eat my ice since it was against my doctors orders!

  • Jessica

    Wow. I’m 21 and have been faithfully eating ice for the past few years now! I’ve always had very heavy periods- intolerable at times, and I am very thin. I always wondered why one day I woke up and realized, “dang, i eat ice ALL the time” and have heard from many people that it is a sign of anemia. If i realize there is none left, i almost get depressed for a second! But then I think that’s silly, so i get over it, but still feel like I need it like i need fod and water… I think I’m gonna go get it checked out.

  • susanmarie9t

    I HAVE BEEN ADDICTED TO ICE FOR THE PAT 2 MONTHS. FOR FEAR OF BREAKING MY DENTAL WORK I FREEZE BOTTLED WATER TO THE POINT OF GETTING A “SLUSH” AND CHEWING ON THOSE SWALLER PARTICLES WON’T BREAK MY TEATH BUT WILL SATISFY ME. I MUST HAVE AT LEAST 3 BOTTLES OF ICEY SLUSH AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES. ABOUT TEN MO. AGO I HADE 8.6 HEM. AND FERRITIN VERY LOW. I AM SO EXHASTED ALL THE TIME I DREAD HAVING TO DRIVE. AT THE TIME, (PREVIOUS 10MO.) I TOOK OTC IRON. DR. SAYS IT HELPED, BUT I DON’T THINK SO. TIME TO GET MY ICEEY SLUSHES READY FOR THE NIGHT.9T

  • Anonymous

    I am an ice chewer addict. Last year I was really sick and went to the Dr to find out I was anemic. They wanted to do a blood transfusion, but I insisted on taking mega doses of iron. My Dr asked me if I chew ice and I said yes. My sister calls me the ice cruncher. The ice chewing did slow down after taking the iron. I recently have been exausted and short of breath. Had more blood work done and my level was at 9. I chew ice all day everyday. I even have a favorite gas station that has the small cylinder shaped soft ice like in the hospital. Crazy, but true!

  • Anonymous

    Okay – so we all are anemic and crunch ice. My question is … what organs (or other body parts) is this lack of iron going to hurt? I know for strong blood I need the iron, and I am back on supplements, but what is the long term affect of anemia? Can someone advise?

  • Anonymous

    I have a sweet tooth and my husband always brings home candy. I told him to switch the bags of candy to bags of ice. He thought I was crazy! So did I. That’s why I looked it up on the internet. I’m so glad I did. I feel better now that I know I’m not alone. I’m anemic and have been chewing ice for about a year.

  • nancy

    thanks for the info i really appreciate it.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t belive it… i am not alone with this ice crunching problem. i have been chewing ice for over 5 yrs and i see no end to it, unless my teeth all fall out and , by the way my family thinks thats exactly gonna happen!! i’m starting to have no taste buds and sense of smell, i honestly don’t know if this has a connection or not… but it has happened. do i want to stop ? of course, but i am addicted. and yes i have low blood count and have been on iron pills, but the iron pills made my stomach double over in pain.so ice it is !

  • Koi

    Hi, I’m Koi. And I’m an iceaholic.
    Don’t drink, never smoked, nor done drugs. Just a lot of ice. A LOT!! My choice of ice is the BEST! I have three snow cone ice shavers. Two Rivals (my personal favorite);I bought one for my kitchen,one for the office, and a Hawaiian Ice for back up in case one breaks.I too take my 52 oz. mug everywhere I go. And if I plan on being gone for a while, I’ll also fill a large margerine tub with lid to take with me. Have to eat that one first though bc it’s not insulated like my big mug and will start to melt. So I don’t have to worry about breaking or chipping my teeth- it just melts in my mouth just like eating snow. Not anymore that is. My orthodontist used to fuss bc before I bought the shavers, I would break the brackets off my braces. When I go out of town I’m sure to take my shaver with me. My family and everyone at work teases me all the time and think I’m insane. That’s okay though bc when I have my ice I don’t need anything and don’t care what they think or say.I pay my kids to make me ice when I don’t feel like going downstairs to do it.I was anemic and craved ice with all my pregnancies, the first in 1988 and the last of four in 1999. The last one was the worst one resulting in me being on iron and prenatal vitimans for a year after the delivery. Always had very heavy cycles, with clots. My mom gets anemic often too. My craving has worsened over the last few months since I started eating ice again in Nov. 2005 to supposedly help my daily fluid intake(I don’t like water). Passed out at work while doing surgery in Nov.(which by the way has been happening since 1991). I was dehydrated, having abnormal heart rhythms and all the stress on my body threw me into MS crisis, then hospitalized for a week and told neurocardiogenic syncope was the diagnosis. Gee, over the years I had always thought it was my MS relapsing. Passed out twice at work again last week (yes, again while doing surgery)and now getting ready for a whole different workup of testing again. Also found out after the first fainting last week I’m anemic again- not that I was supprised. Getting really tired of passing out though- bought some high potency FE tablets and started them this weekend. So far I’m still craving ice. I figure it’ll take a couple of weeks before I can be weaned off.I sit here at my computer with my ice mug, and my electric blanket plugged in over me, laughing at everyone’s comments bc I can relate to just about all of them. From the midnite ice cravings with a full bladder as we lay in bed, to the skill of describing our ice of choice as if it were a science. I think I’ve had every kind of ice there is now. And yes I too sometimes get thick bubbles in my throat after eating a lot of ice, but I always thought it was maybe my acid reflux acting up again after years of Prevacid, Prilosec and now Nexium. Sorry yall, didn’t mean to type so much, just that I had so much in common with everyone I thought I had to share my stories too. And I couldn’t leave you without a brief history, not knowing how many of my other ailments may possibly be related.
    I’ll check back to see everyone’s new findings. Take care everyone, Koi. (koijohns@yahoo.com)

  • Anonymous

    I found this page thru the same as others, by googling “ice chewing”.
    I have been anemic on and off pretty much since starting my period at 12; I’m now 38. I’ve often had insatiable cravings for ice but I’ve had to force myself to stop because my teeth go so senstive. I learned a couple years ago that this craving was associated with anemia and iron supplements did help to some degree but I don’t take them all the time due to the side effects. Just a few days ago, I learned that molasses (yep, I know it sounds weird) has helped a lot of women with similar symptoms. Apparently, molasses is high in iron and other minerals that are actually more easily absorbed by the body. Check out this link: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/molasses.html
    I’m going to try it as soon as I can go to the store and get some. I hope it works; I am starting to get those cravings again and the doctor recently told me I’m very anemic, plus I recently had tests showing uterine fibroids and I would love to treat this naturally rather than with iron pills and surgery.

  • Anonymous

    WOW! I RECENTLY HAVE BEEN CHEWING ICE AND CRAVING IT LIKE A DRUG ADDICT! I ACTUALLY CARRY A CUP OF CRUSHED ICE WITH ME EVERYWHERE I GO. I CANNOT BE WITHOUT IT AND IT IS GETTING SCARRY. I WENT TO A DOCTOR FINALLY AND MY HEMOG. IS 8 AND SHE SAID I HAD IRON DEF. ENEMIA AND A THYROID PROBLEM. I AM NOW TAKING SYNTHROID FOR THAT, BUT WHY I HAVE SUCH IRON DEF. IS UNKNOWN. I AM A CANCER SURVIVOR OF 6 YEARS NOW AND 42 YEARS OLD. I WAS TOLD I NEEDED A TEST FOR BLOOD IN MY DIG. SYS. BUT HAVE BEEN TOO AFRAID TO GET THAT TEST JUST YET. ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS. TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN HEALTH. DOCTORS DONT KNOW IT ALL AND FORGET MUCH OF WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED. I FIGURED OUT MY OWN CANCER PROBLEM WAY BEFORE THE DOCTORS DID. I ACTUALLY HAD TO TELL THEM WHAT I HAD AND WHAT TO TEST FOR. YOU KNOW YOUR OWN BODY! IF A DOCTOR DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO TAKE PART IN YOUR OWN HEALTH CARE OR DOES NOT LISTEN OR WORST OF ALL-MAKES YOU THINK YOU ARE CRAZY- FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR. AND YES, EATING SO MUCH ICE AS WE DO, IT CAUSES YOU TO BURP UP FOAMY STUFF SOMETIMES. IT CANT BE GOOD TO CONSTANTLY FREEZE YOUR STOMACH AND LOWER YOU CORE TEMP LIKE THAT. MAYBE WE SHOULD START Ice Eaters ANONYMOUS!

  • Anonymous

    My daughter and I were on our way to WalMart and I had my usual cup of ice I was eating in the car when she made the comment I reminded her of a giant eating bones! Always chomping ice!

  • Terry

    I’m addicted to ice. I eat it all of the time. I drive everyone around me crazy. I’m going to the doctor to get a blood test and tested for colon cancer. I’m only 36 (maybe old to some of you) but, was told that if I’m craving ice, I NEED to get tested for colon cancer. Don’t let NO doctor tell you that you are too young to get colon cancer. I have an aunt that got colon cancer when she was 32. PLEASE, IF YOU ARE AN ICE CRAVER, REQUEST THAT YOUR DOCTOR ALSO PERFORMS A COLON CANCER TEST ON YOU. PLEASE!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    so my roommate and i who are freshmen in college are both obsessed with ice. we will go to raising cane’s just to each get a large cup of their crushed ice, which is 23 cents, free for the smaller cups. all of our friends tell us how rediculous we are for going just to get this ice and they are embarrased to come with us. we thought that we were both just weird, crazy people…until her dentist told her that people who crave ice have an iron deficiency. i typed in “ice cravings” on the internet and we were both shocked to find out that there is a name for it! we will both be buying some iron vitamins this weekend.

  • Winser Washam

    Hello! I thought I was the only one with this addiction to ice until I did a Google search and found this board! Like a lot of the other folks here I have heavy bleeding and fibroids. But I never put that together with my addition to crushed ice and mini ice cubes. I actually found ice trays that are tiny, a little bit larger than the size of a pencil eraser. I don’t have to chew them, so it saves my teeth. I just swish them around in my mouth and swallow them whole. The sensation of the coolness running down my throat is truly an addiction! Guess I’d better get those iron pills!

  • Anonymous

    What I find so interesting about these posts is so many people exclaim that they love chewing ice and go into specifics about how much they chew, etc. Basically, you are low in Iron and you are anemic, so fix the problem. Chewing ice is not normal and there is a cure. I was chewing ice for a couple of years and had some other health issues, low energy, reoccurring kidney infections, etc. My doctor pointed out the anemia, found the cause, which was Celiac disease, put me on iron supplements (Ferrous Sulfate 325 mg, 3 pills a day) for 6 months. I started eating gluten free and with the iron supplements I feel like a new person, AND I stopped chewing ice 2 days after I started the iron supplements. Ferrous Sulfate can be bought at any drugstore but you usually have to ask the pharmacist, as they keep it behind the counter. Iron supplementation is dangerous so consult a doctor, it’s a short-term boost and should be monitored closely. Bottom line is, fix the problem. A note about Celiac disease, it’s one of the most underdiagnosed diseases around and it’s fixed by changing your diet. It’s not an easy fix but it’s better than taking drugs the rest of your life. There is now a blood test available to test for Celiac disease so ASK YOUR DOCTOR about it.

  • Anonymous

    startd chewing ice after i went on dialysis to help reduce fluid intake. Its now a habit / addiction. Eat it all day , everyday. probably consume about 2-3 litres of ice daily.i am aneamic .also Want to find out about the dangers of this condition.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks to this i am going to get a blood test. I’m gonna make the appointment right now. thanks.

  • Anonymous

    A friend told me to check out this site after I told her that I eat ice almost every waking moment of my day. I’ve been to the dr but no explanation or remedy was offer. I thought I could stop but this has gotten ridiculous!I know it drives my spouse mad even though he doesn’t say it. I bought a snow cone maker to crush the ice so I wouldn’t make much noice. Now I know what it possibly may be. I usually donate blood but the last time I tried I was told I may be anemic.

  • Anonymous

    This is so interesting. My wife has chewed ice for years. I thought it was just one of those habits people pick up. Recently we had to go to the ER and found her hemoglobin count was at 7 and she is has anemia. After researching more about anemia, I learned that Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia. Out past doctors just ignored that fact that she like chewing ice and did nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much for your info, I have been eating ice for the past 3years, have fibroid, heavy heavy bleeding, which has caused me five miscarriages. It is causing problems in my marriage now. I never know till I read all these, and amazing realising that, am not alone, I have bought some Iron tables today to help me. Is there any further help as to how my heavy bleeding will stop help fag??????

  • Anonymous

    hi have been munching ice for more years than i care to remember,a mugfull first thing every morning then frquently throughout the day and last thing at night so much that my teeth have started to suffer,i mentioned it to my doctor and dentist,my dentist said no problem so long as you dont crunch it,theres no point if you cant crunch it!!believe me i tried!my doctor has,nt heard of the connection to anaemia either but i intend to print off some info for him.Incidently i suffer from really heavy periods and have to wear nappies for the seven days i bleed for.So glad to finally find a reason for my insatiable craving for ice and look forword to putting an end to it and prolonging the life of my teeth!!!

  • Anonymous

    I eat lots of at first they though it was me trying to ose wait but guess what after I read this it shows that I have extreme anemia I was diagnosis before but was just to take an over the counter medicine GEritoine and Zinc sulfate tablet from walgreens it helps alot so does eating spinach and red meat also eating ice grinds your teeth and the walls of your stomach which leads to heartburn which ends with the purple pil nexun

  • Taun

    Look at all the ice addicts!! I thought I was alone in the world, or at least that’s the impression my numerous dr.s have given me. My family blames my obsession on my almost two straight years of being pregnant. (Accidents happen! But our babies are a blessing to us!) On top of being alone in my munching here in my circle of friends, my family finds it annoying. I have frostnip and cuts everywhere in my mouth. I will eat trays of ice every day, and bags of it from the gas stations don’t satisfy the cravings! When we eat out, I order a glass of ice. When my husband goes to bed, I fill the tub with hot water, empty six ice cube trays into a big bowl and read and much until there is more ice frozen for me. This is not right. My craving also seem to be connected to chemicals. Particularly bleach. I love the taste of the chlorine in my ice made from tap water. I clean just to smell it. And when I do the cravings are unstopable. I clean, I munch. I munch, I clean. Sure the house is spotless and sanitary, but this is just not normal!!! Can anyone help me? No dr.s ever mentionedd anemia to me, though I coplain about the weird cravings at every checkup. Does anyone know how to help?

  • Taun

    Look at all the ice addicts!! I thought I was alone in the world, or at least that’s the impression my numerous dr.s have given me. My family blames my obsession on my almost two straight years of being pregnant. (Accidents happen! But our babies are a blessing to us!) On top of being alone in my munching here in my circle of friends, my family finds it annoying. I have frostnip and cuts everywhere in my mouth. I will eat trays of ice every day, and bags of it from the gas stations don’t satisfy the cravings! When we eat out, I order a glass of ice. When my husband goes to bed, I fill the tub with hot water, empty six ice cube trays into a big bowl and read and much until there is more ice frozen for me. This is not right. My craving also seem to be connected to chemicals. Particularly bleach. I love the taste of the chlorine in my ice made from tap water. I clean just to smell it. And when I do the cravings are unstopable. I clean, I munch. I munch, I clean. Sure the house is spotless and sanitary, but this is just not normal!!! Can anyone help me? No dr.s ever mentionedd anemia to me, though I coplain about the weird cravings at every checkup. Does anyone know how to help?

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad to see I am not alone. I felt I was going crazy. As soon as I wake up in the morning, I have to get a big cup of ice. I put a little water in it so the family thinks I am just having my morning water. Wrong. I just want the ice. When they leave, I pour out the water. I think about it all day. I know the best “ice” places to go. Dairy Queen has the little bitty crushed ice cubes that just are soooo good. Sometimes, I drive in to town, 20 miles, and get it. I will get 2 or 3 cups full and hurry back home and put 2 in the freezer. At night, I take a cup to bed with me and when hubby goes to sleep I munch and munch, sometimes until wee hours of the morning. I do wake up during the night and get ice also. I hide and eat it sometimes so nobody will know. If I dont have the crushed kind, I buy a bag of ice and take a hammer to it and crush it down to where I like it. Sometimes I feel I am like a drug addict, hiding and sneaking around. I always tell my kids don’t crunch ice, now I do it myself. Mine started when I reached perimenopause a few months ago and bled for 20 to 30 days straight. I got BCP to stop it but I crave ice and more ice and more ice. I worry about it when I can’t get to any. Am I sick?

  • Amii

    THIS IS COMPLETE INSANITY!!! but at least I’m not alone.
    I can relate to the insatiable cravings in a sense, but 2 7 lb bags in 48hrs? YIKES! that would break my teeth for sure!
    well, a nutritionist at the WIC office read my file and mentions that I’m “borderline anemic” although my dr. never felt the need to tell me this!!! go figure!
    guess SHE thought it wasn’t important enough to tell me? sheesh!
    so I had this ice craving a few yrs ago, actually like maybe ten yrs ago, then it vanished. Now it’s been back for about 4 months. Not sure what brought it on but now I see I am definitely NOT alone in this.
    I’m going to make a dr. appt. tomorrow…. and I don’t want to just hear “well it’s not good, stop eating it so much”. That is not enough for me. I want to know why? what is causing my craving? and my periods are pretty heavy, and after all I’ve read here, evidently that is a contributing factor as well. Hmmm ,interesting.
    and I am often fatigued. I can’t seem to go to bed early and I’m ready for a nap 4 hrs after I arise. I go to bed late and get up late most days, but lately I get about 5hrs sleep and stay tired all day…. and EAT ICE OFF AND ON ALL DAY.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I used to think it was my iron but…I am now taking iron supplements and I STILL CRAVE all the time. The funny thing is when I was on vacation last week I had no ice and I was fine. I will admit after a good meal I did have a craving. But as soon as I got back into town it started back over again.

  • Lianna Mah

    haha. now i know im not the ‘weird’ one who chews ice all the time :] Im so glad i found this, every day i always eat ice & my parents think its strange. (im 16) well now im off to find more info on this. :]]

  • Anonymous

    I cannot describe the relief,amusement and chagrin I felt tonight when I realised that I am not the only ice eater!!! It got to the point that my dream honeymoon would have to be in a country where snow and ice were in abundance…
    My boyfriend is a doctor and when he noticed that I was really getting fatigued and that my eye colour was not right(too pale I think), he suggested that I take iron tablets and also checked my blood for me.
    No surprise that I was severely aneamic.
    Having taken the tablets for a while I was lulled into thinking that did not need them any more-guess what? the ice craving came back this week….
    I am really trying to make some dietary changes so I don;t rely on tablets but I am a vegetarian which does not help!! I also wish to start a family in the next two years or so, any suggestions about diet changes that have worked with you guys let me know-I am getting quite down about relying on tablets:-(

  • Anonymous

    Does eating Crushed Ice deplete the iron in your blood? Is there anything that you have to take along with Iron to help it absorb. I take all the Vitamins that are out there and train hard (both weight train and aerobic). A sample day for me is. 5:00 am -aerobics 7:00 home 9-5 work 6-8 weight train.
    meals: Coffee, Ice, Ice, Ice, Ice, Ice, 12:00 coffee, Ice, Ice, Ice,Ice, Power Bar, Ice, Ice, Ice
    sandwich for dinner – large drink with lots of ice.

  • Anonymous

    Hello, I’m almost 16 years old and I am really worried about this “ice munching” condition.

    I am scared to tell my friends because they might think I am some kind of freak. And I havent told my parents because they will think odd of me.

    I remember once after going shopping with my sister, we decided to get McDonalds for lunch and I ate all the ice from the coke bottle. But not in front of her. Then she went to put the rubbish in the bin and she took my coke bottle and she said “did you eat the ice?” and I said “yeah” and she’s like “omg what freak eats ice from the coke cans” I felt really bad about it and then knew something was wrong.

    I don’t know what to do. And by reading all of these comments I got all the ice from the freezer and chucked it in the sink. I’m sick of it and I’m scared that I’m anemic.

    It’s just nice to know theres other people out there like me who have this weird addiction. And yes admit it, it really is weird.

  • Anonymous

    WOW! I am so glad that I decided to look this up and I found this webpage.
    I am 35 yrs old and have been eating ice since I was in high school. I read up on Pica and found that also the wierd embarrassing thing that I have going on with the freezer frost is all part of it LOL
    I can recall when I was about 17 yrs old, standing in front of my Mom’s huge deep freeze with a spoon, pecking away at the frost buildup and eating it. And now that my hubby and I have a deep freeze, I have noticed that we are getting some buildup ROFL
    Seriously tho, I get really paranoid when I begin running out of ice. I buy at least a 7 lb bag of ice a day and by the next morning I am out. I constantly chew on ice… everywhere I go.. I take it with me.
    Its a horrible and embarrassing addiction to me, and I intend on going now and getting it checked out by my doctor!

  • Georgia

    Hi my name is Georgia and I LOVE TO EAT ICE AND CORN STARCH.I STARTED WHEN I HAD MY KIDS AND I NEVER STOPPED.I THOUGHT THAT I WAS SOME KIND OF FREAK OR SOMETHING BECAUSE WHEN I DO NOT HAVE ONE OF THEM RIGHT THEN I JUST GET A INSATNT HEADACH.IT IS NIC ETO KNOW THAT I AM NOT BY MTSELF.I ALWAYS GO TO THE DOCTOR TO MAKE SURE THAT I AM OK AND SO FAR SO GOOD I AM FIND.BUT TO AL MY ICE EATTERS TRY THE ICE AT SONIC AND THE HOSPITAL IT IS GREAT.WELL GOTTA GO AT WORK .I WISH YOU ALL WELL .

  • Anonymous

    Wow, What a trip, I just thought that I had better look up ice addition just in case there is a reason for my constant crunch crunch on ice. Iam here in California so there is no Sonic. However, I do have an ice machine attached to my frig. I started chewing ice about five years back really bad. I have the same heavy periods and very tired. I did have hyper-thyroidisum for seven years, now its gone. But, like all of you I go through ice all day. Every story on this blog has at least one if not three elements of the same things that I do. I now travel with my ice, my kids are now eating ice. and love it. I have no shame. I will eat ice infront of everyone and anyone. In the past I would waite until a more private time. I just had a gyno vist and she said nothing about anemia or low Iron nor did she see any Fibroids. (Kaiser) I am considering the colonascapy because I am in the age group now. There are seveal common demomanators to all your accounts. For example, in almost very case they are female, 45′s+ heavy bleeding, fibroids,low iron, anemia,and very tired all the time. And in some cases like mine thyriod condtion of the past. weird..I am very glad to see that Iam not the only one out here with such a problem. I dont think we can sit back and let our docs handle this because clearley they are not. WE need to self-educate and be proactive for ourselevs. Get the information use it to empower yourself and pass it on. So many of us are suffering from some form of anemia and at this point nothing is being done to cure it. I read that the hymoglubem should be some where in the 12.5 range problems are at the 8.0 and lower. Craving should stop at 12.5 and above. And dont stop there ladies get the colonaspacy at age 49-50 it could save your life..
    Be safe, be smart.

    Chewy in LA

  • Anonymous

    OK, now that I have a word for it what do I do?! I am 28, mother of 4, and eat 7 to 16 lbs. of ice every 2 to 3 days. My jaws hurt, my ears hurt, and don’t ask how my teeth are! But, I am taking iron & one a day supplements, and my DR is aware of my blood count, I just have to sit here and wait for all of them to work? How do I absorb more of the iron I take in ???

  • Anonymous

    I knew there was more to it than just loving it. I love eating ice so much that I can’t imagine it being a health problem for which I need to be checked. I was a restaurant worker since my teens and was always at the ice machine…yes…I got teased because eating ice apparently represented a sexual deficiency of some kind…wrong of course. Now I’m 46 and still eat ice. I even have my pitbulls eating ice with me…like its so cute! Ugh…denial! I don’t want to not love ice. I can’t wait for it to snow so I can go outside and eat…snow AND icicles!…and I live in Brooklyn! Thanks y’all, for the slap in the face.

  • Anonymous

    my god, reading this has convinced me =at last , that i am not the only ice chewer on this planet . i really thought something was seriously wrong with me , i am 39 , married with 4 kids who mind you , have also started munching on ice….as of tomorrow, i am going to get myself some iron pills because it is getting out of control now…i also have ulcerative colitis – i find ice cravings to be something like coffee cravings for the average coffee drinker. i love my ice = but i think it is going a bit far now because my teeth have started to hurt. what i do now is keep the tray out until the ice softens and then chew and annoy everyone around me. i need to control this asap. have to get some iron and see if it works or not………..thank you all for helping me realize i am not nuts. i too have heavy periods. just crazy , isn’t it ?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get it, Ice is a solid form of water, your saying that people who eat ice (basically drinking water) are anemic? I’ve chewed ice for 10 years now and I have never been diagnosed with anything, I’ve always had energy to play, run around, w/e. Maybe I’m different. The only time I run out of energy is when I finish a fight with the flu. I can’t take full concept of this because it just doesn’t make sense. It’s like saying getting the urge to drink water makes you anemic (at least in my world it does.) Could anybody clear this up for me? Or at least try?

  • queen03

    I also eat a lot of ice I am 43 years old and have been eaten ice since the birth of my son which was 20 years ago. I have tried but to no avail have I succeeded. The doctor just said that I have pica, at first I didn’t understand but when I got ill at work I realized that my iron was extremely low, and that I had an iron defeciency problem. I just can’t seem to kick the cravings for the ice. I’ve tried iron supplements but all they do is constipate me. I can eat a 10lb bag of ice within 2 days and thats on a good day. When I was pregnant with my children I could eat that in a run of a day. I have cut back a great deal but I want to cut it out all the way but it is a hard feat.

  • Anonymous

    Hello, My name is Rhonda, I’m addicted to ice! Glad to see I’m not alone.

  • Anonymous

    hey buddies am jyoo….from malaysia….,I’m crazy addicted to ice! Glad to see I’m not alone.my parents alwiz will shout at me 4 takin alot of ice like crazy……sum of ma fren oso will amazing when i eat d ice non stop…..am juz 20 years…..but i didnt gone tru any dr advice…..but i luv ice tooooooo much……its nice 2 crunch…..luv u ice…..10x 4 begging my buddy when am alone……

  • Alissa & Andrew

    I am glad to know I am not alone! I LOVE to eat ice!!! I can’t go a day without it. I eat probably 3-4 32 oz glasses of ice per day. I went to the Dr. today and told her I was feeling exhausted, depressed, etc. and also told her I eat ice 24/7. I can’t live without it. She told me I might be anemic. I have to go have blood tests done later today. I too have had irregular and very heavy menstrual cycles with lot’s of clots, and I think this might have a lot to do with the ice eating. No other Dr. I have gone to has ever said anything about my ice-eating and it being related to anemia. My husband thinks I am a freak because I eat so much ice. I even got mad at him the other day because he threw away a cup of ice I had planned on eating. It’s good to know others have the same problem. Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    Sonic Ice by the bag…..gotta have it. I’ve only been chewing ice this constant for a few months. It was only when I was pregnant. Went to my office Christmas party and where others were drinking I was holding the bucket of ice and eating the ice. They just shake their head. One of my co-workers also mentioned that eating ice meant sexually frustrated and I couldn’t count that one out because I’d rather be eating ice!! (instead of doing….LOL) Well, I best make a dr’s appointment and get this under control. Thanks for all the amazing stories that I have read and good luck to each one on their quest of “ice chewing”.

  • angielocs

    i too crave ice!! like a previous poster…i put the cubes in my blender to make pure ice slushies…i live 20 minutes from work and once left on my lunchbreak just to make myself an ice slushieee….i’m at work now and craving an ice slushie!

  • Anonymous

    I am almost 35. I have been an ice cruncher since being pregnant with my daughter when I was 21. I have told docs repeatedly, and they have done the typical tests. My iron is always fantastic. I do not have any internal bleeding or anemia. The insatiable phase had begun when I was pushing 30. There had been times when I was out of ice at home and was scrambling in the middle of the night to find even the littlest tidbit of ice on the bottom of the freezer. NOTHING CAN BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ICE-PERIOD. At times, my teeth ache and I have to take some aspirin and call it quits for the day, but I am back at it the next day. My teeth are in perfect shape also. I always tell dentist of the issue as well, and never a concern is brought up. There HAS to be something to this that docs just don’t understand.

  • Anonymous

    so so amazing, I am 32yrs old, had the iud inserted for birth control 2 years ago, this made me have very heavy menstrual periods. the past few months have been my worst, i crunch on ice till i literally start shaking with cold, i feel weak and dizzy alot these days, this website has answered my problems,i will definately have myself checked and start on some iron intake for sure…good luck to you all and lets try to stop crunching.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I know the craving for ice!
    I eat ice all day long. I have ice sitting on the tub when I bathe, when I do laundry it’s right there on the washer. I have become a one able arm woman because there is no way that cup of ice is leaving my hand!!! I have also became a one handed driver. When I say that I’m never without ice….I mean it.
    Now I know to see the Dr. about it.
    Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    DANGER! DON’T FREEZE YOUR ICE IN PLASTIC BOTTLES!

    Yes yes, I’m one of you and I’m just as befuzzled as the rest of you, but that’s not why I’m posting. Apparently, a lot of you are freezing your ice in plastic bottles. YOU MUST STOP! I got an email not too long ago which was titled: “Johns Hopkins Is Telling About Cancer.” Let me quote 3 things from this article:
    1.”Every person has cancer cells in the body.”
    2.”An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding them with the foods they need to multiply.”
    3. “Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer.Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.”
    Granted, I have not yet verified this to be true, because I don’t personally get my ice by this method, but don’t let that stop the rest of you from looking into it. I’ve heard the same dioxin information from a couple other sources as well. Don’t let your ice addictions cause an even BIGGER problem!

  • Anonymous

    DIOXINS POST IS FALSE

    Sorry to have scared anyone. I’m the one who posted about dioxins in plastic bottles, but I just went to a Johns Hopkins website and found this:

    “Email Hoax Regarding Freezing Water Bottles and Microwave Cooking

    The Internet is flooded with messages warning against freezing water in plastic bottles or cooking with plastics in the microwave oven. These messages, frequently titled “Johns Hopkins Cancer News” or “Johns Hopkins Cancer Update,” are falsely attributed to Johns Hopkins and we do not endorse their content.

    Freezing water does not cause the release of chemicals from plastic bottles.”

    That’s what I get for not checking before posting!

  • Anonymous

    ICE LOVERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!!!!!
    You are my tribe. Finally I’ve found you. Where’s the meeting place? Will there be ice or should I bring my own? I can see it now…beautiful ice sculptures everywhere. No, seriously I too am addicted to ice in a crazy way. I am a healthcare professional and should know better but I don’t do better. I knew that it was PICA and I needed iron, but I am non-compliant with treatment. It’s like I just want to hold on to this crazy habit because it’s too much fun or something. I have even become an ICE SNOB in that I now want ultra filtered water to be frozen. I can relate to all the people that shared their favorite ice shapes. I need Jesus!

  • Anonymous

    Dear ice cravers;
    As a fp in ohio, ice chewing/craving is a dead giveaway for iron def anemia. It was taught to me in med school at Wright State University. It pains me that so many of these comments concern people who told their doctors this only to get “blank stares” etc. This is a dead giveaway. I ask all people, esp. women c/o fatigue about chewing ice and I’ ve dx’ed anemia in >100 pts in 15 years!!!!

  • AmyAllison

    I have been eating ice for years (normally a glass or three). But I never thought of the connection till a co-worker today said it might be a problem. I have been eating a great deal lately(8-10 glasses a day) and it is probably due to the new diet I went on two weeks ago combined with the fact that I am perpetually anemic, it has just become worse. I have taken iron pills in the past but after reading several of the other post on the page I’m concerned.

    I have always had heavy periods. Most doctors just go “here take iron and birth control pills” but I have never had any other extensive test done for my heavy and irregular menstrual flows. I think I may need to go to the doctor… perhaps friday

  • Anonymous

    I have been craving ice since November I can’t go a day without my ice water bottles I put in the freezer I had blood work done a week ago and my hemoglobin is 7.7 low out of range and also my red blood cell count at 3.35 I d now know that ice craving is a symptom of anemia.

  • Anonymous

    i am just a normal popular 14 year old girl and suddenly about a year ago i did everything in my will to chew ice. my mom thought i was anemic because i sleep a lot and seem kind of weak. but i am a freshman and play varsity basketball and varsity volleyball and a basketball club team so it wears me out a lot. my mom made me take a blood test and said everything came out fine. she also always says to eat beans cus i need iron.
    every morning when i go to school i take my starbucks mug or whatever and fill it up with ice so i have it for 1st period. and at lunch i get a big cup of ice tea and i tell them to fill it up all the way with ice. that lasts me till the end of school and i tell my mom to bring me ice when she picks me up. sometimes if i go w/o it for too long i rush to my freezer and reach my hand in the automatic ice maker and shove the cubes in my mouth. the ice in my freezer is always very dry so before u eat it u should rinse it or put it in with water so it gets like smoothe and wet. but numerous times i cannot help myself so i shove it in my mouth knowing what its gonna do and it s sticks to my tongue and lips and all in my mouth so i have to rip it off and it leaves my mouth bleeding, and then gets scabs inside. before when my ice maker wasnt working i would have to freeze something like a 2 liter and thin get a knife and cut the top off so i could scoop out the frozen and eat it. everyone tells me to stop chewing ice because its bad for your teeth and i have already chipped a lot of my teeth from just breaking it on my side teeth. also when i am in stores like walmart,food for less, or any markets and i see those big glass things where they keep the bags full of ice to buy, i go in there and rip the bag open and grab a handfull of ice to take with me. everytime i leave my house and cannot take a cup of ice i just take a handful while im on my way. also before i had the ice maker, i would turn the freezer temperature REALLY high so everything would get really frozen and that caused like little iceburgs to hang from some parts and ice would form around certain stuff in the freezer. before i went to bed i would have to just have some ice but i would end up sitting on the floor at night next to my freezer licking my freezer for any cold ice or ice bergs or anything.
    so most of these people seem to have some kind of problem with them which makes u crave ice but i got a blood test and i am fine so i dont know what is wrong with me.i also dont have a really heavy period like most of these people do. but when i got my period in 6th grade i never got it every month like everyone else did. i skipped lots of montths and had it for like 4 days.then i would skip like 5 months and would only get it when i like physically talked about it to someone.
    So i am obsessed with chewing ice like it is just candy to me. not to be immature or anything but i have heard that chewing on ice makes u a sex addict, and on another one of these comment things someone said that chewing ice means u havnt had sex or something but i am a virgin so this whole ice craving is confusing to me. so i hope this ice addiction doesnt carry on for a bunch of years like 10 like i have read on other peoples comments. WOW my teeth will be gone by then. but if anyone knows why i crave ice besides like the symptom of something please let me know.
    thank you =]
    <333

  • Anonymous

    Well…I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one! I can’t stop. I eat, on average, 10 lbs of ice every day. I carry a small cooler around with me everywhere. I know its bad for my teeth, but they don’t hurt so I’m ignoring that fact. I’m always COLD. I asked a nurse friend one time if the constant change of temp in the body was bad for your insides. She said no but it makes your body work harder. That was something for me to consider since I’m a very small person, 5’4″ weighing 98 pounds. I may very well be anemic because my eating habits are terrible. I’ll give the iron a try and discuss this ice with my doc. I can’t imagine being without my ice…it’s so refreshing!

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad to see this post. I have been having this craving for ice every since I have been diagnosed with diabetes 21/2 years ago. I have notice my period are very heavy and yes I have also been told that I am anemic. I though I was the only one having this problem. Is is good to know that I am not alone and with the infomation that I have received from this post, I will definitely be contacting my doctors. Thanks

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been addicted to ice for 6 years. It was so bad that I would go through trays and trays a day. My family thought it was weird. I never had enough energy either-so they thought I was depressed AND odd.
    I wanted to give blood a few months ago but I was denied because I was iron deficient. I scheduled an appointment with my doctor and they confirmed that I was anemic. I now take iron supplements and my addiction is virtually gone. And I have a lot of energy.
    I still don’t understand how I was addicted to frozen water. How does ice relate to iron deficient anemia? I would love to understand more.

  • Rachel

    I have an ice-chewing problem…I knew it was serious when I got more excited about finding an electronic ice crushing machine than I did about getting a big bonus at work! This is serious stuff here. Thank you to all who have posted before me. I’ll be purchasing B12 with iron and try the suppliment. We’ll just have to wait and see! Was anyone ever able to figure out if the ice has any lasting negative affects on your internal organs?

  • Anonymous

    Just recently, I began chewing ice. It became very extreme I woke up chewing ice and went to bed chewing ice. My family too was very concerned – I was always cold and extremely tired – I went and had a physical and fibroids were found, big ones, and my blood count was terribly low. My doctor prescribed iron pills (325 mg per pill 3 times a day) Ice craving went away same day I began taking the pills.
    Doctors call it PICA – check out this website (http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/pica.html)
    “Although consumption of some items may be harmless, pica is considered to be a serious eating disorder that can sometimes result in serious health problems such as lead poisoning and iron-deficiency anemia.
    nutritional deficiencies, such as iron or zinc, that may trigger specific cravings (however, the nonfood items craved usually don’t supply the minerals lacking in the person’s body)”

  • Anonymous

    Yet another ice-eater in the ranks. 27-yr old female, with a menstrual cycle that never stops. I haven’t had a dry day since 2003, and even then, it was only for about a week.

    I didn’t start craving ice until I was using meltwater to calm stomach cramps. Once I began, though, I haven’t been able to stop.

    I am severely anemic (not sure of the count, but when I went to donate blood, the drop just stayed pilled up on the surface, and barely made a dent in the water) because of this neverending menstruation, though I have been assured by ever doctor I’ve seen that I’m completely normal. … Right. Sure. Bleeding heavily every single day is normal. Uh-huh. No doctor will listen to my request for a hysterectomy (don’t want kids, never have; if I meet the ‘right man,’ he won’t try to force or convince me to have them), and iron supplements give me cramps far worse than the “moose-killers” I experience on a regular basis.

    I suspect most of my problems (excessive sleepiness, ice-chewing, Black Moods, and so on) are a result of anemia, hypothyroidism set off by a nasty case of mono, and depression. There are reasons I don’t want to breed–no child deserves to go through this.

    The advice of taking prenatal vitamins has intrigued me, and I’m definitely going to look into it. I’ve jokingly toyed with the idea before, but never tried it. Until I can for one, get medical insurance, and two, get a doctor to understand that birth control doesn’t work (I’ve tried sixteen pill types), the IUD didn’t work (and gave me a chronic UTI, darnit), and that menstruating every single day is *not* normal, I’m stuck with pagophagia like the rest of us.

  • Anonymous

    This is incredible! I had a blood test today and was told that I was anemic, with the hemoglobin level well below the normal range. Wanting to find out more about anemia, I did a search on the internet but the thing that really caught my attention was the mention of ice craving! I’ve been eating ice for a few years now (I add a bit of lemon juice to the ice tray) but thought it was nothing more than a personal quirk and had no idea it was associated with anemia! I suspect the anemia might be caused by my heavy period (although mine doesn’t seem as heavy as what other people have said in these comments) but I’ve made an appointment to see a doctor about it next month. In the meantimes, I’ve been prescribed some iron supplements today so I’ll see what happens.

  • carolgator

    Hello Fellow Ice Crunchers! Seems there are a lot of us out there. My mom snacked on ice when I was a little girl and we all knew she knew where to get the best ice. I thought I got the habit from watching her. I remember my mother telling me long ago that I was slightly anemic. I returned last week from a 3-week cruise to Europe and I have to tell you, my ice addiction became well known by the crew. It got to the point that when I ordered a drink, they’d bring it with extra ‘rocks’ and bring a cup of ice to go with it. The 24-hour buffet area had unlimited ice machines – soft little round balls of ice – you could always find me there.

  • Anonymous

    I have been ice chewing for about two years now. I just figured it was a nervous habit I had. It seems to be getting worse. Every morning before work I stop and buy a large cup of Sonic ice. I even buy ice by the bag from Sonic or Chicken Express. When I visit my mom I live at Dairy Queen. They have the softest ice I have found yet. It is just like snow cone ice. Very Good!!! I’ve been told before that it is a sign of anemia. In fact, I have a co-worker who was a big ice chewer and started taking iron pills. She no longer craves ice. I love ice soooooo much I don’t want to give up this craving. That’s why I won’t go to the doctor. Is that crazy or what?

  • Anonymous

    OMG…I could just…cry. I come from a family of ice eaters…mostly all the women. I can think about ice ans my mouth literally starts watering!!!
    I too go through almost an 8lb bag of ice a day. I eat ice so much that I know which ice is the “good” ice…meaning whatever water was used to make it…the ice is a softer chew. I don’t eat ice cubes from faucet water unless I am out of the good stuff and I am 1/2 past desperate.
    At work…I get comments and questions because I always have a big ole cup filled of ice in my hand or on my desk. I bring my own ice to work too.
    I BUY a 8lb bag of ice at least 3-4times a week from Pathmark. Thank God it is close to my job and on my way home.
    All the cashiers in the store call me the “ice lady” and they laugh when they see me coming. The other nite I went for a bag of ice and to my horror the freezer was off and all that precious ice was beginning to melt….when I tell you what happened after I told one of cashiers the ice was melting reminded me of a code-blue on E.R. I would not be exaggerating.
    It was promptly announced over the store loud-speaker with the seriousness and urgency of someones heart stopping.
    Anyway…just glad to see other people bring ice to work too. I carry a bucket (thank you local motel ice machine…they have great ice too!)
    Ok..the more I type…lol…the crazier I sound.
    I am glad to report I will be seeing a doctor next week for all the tests and hopefully this madness will end!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always heard that you need trace amounts of iron in your food, so I cook in cast iron pots and skillets. If you put a cast iron item in a dishwasher, it will strip the coatings off the pan and it will rust, producing iron oxide. If it can put off iron oxide like that, it can provide the trace amounts of iron that you need just by the food being cooked in the pot. You see more people talking about anemia today because folks are now cooking in stainless, aluminum/silverstone and copper pots and pans instead of the old cast iron pots and pans. To me the cast iron is so much more durable, they can literally last a lifetime and stand up to abuse and are easy to take care of and clean.

  • uzma

    After looking at all of these comments from people…i can finally say i am not alone….thank
    God. Well to start of i’m 19 years old and i been eating ice for about three years. I eat ice most of the day and at night before i go to sleep. One of my friend told me that i may be anemic and i did not pay any attention to her. This morning while i was eating ice i suddenly thought about what she told me and looked up on the internet for “ice chewing”. What i found surprised me that so many people have the same problem as me. After reading this post i am really going to see my doctor for proper treatment.
    P.s. thnks tis post helped me alot.

  • Anonymous

    My follow up: After reading these posts, I dedicided to see my gyn. Turns out my iron level was 8 – normal range is 11- 16. I’ve been on an iron supplement for just over a month now, and the ice cravings are gone! I have so much more energy, yawn less – its wonderful. I didn’t realize how dragged down I had been. Now, they are testing to see why my iron levels are low. It looks like its not a major problem but it could have been.

    Ladies – see your doc about this!

  • icequeen

    Hi, in the past I have heard that craving ice is a sign of anemia; however, I cannot find why! What is it that makes a person crave ice. As has been stated, there is nothing substantial about it. About 2yrs. ago, I had a huge drop in my H & H and it was also found that my iron count and storage were very low. The docs. treated with transfusing 5units. But, nothing about iron. I found when I was pregnant that I could not tolerate iron pills. Now, for the past 4 or 5 months, I eat about 6-10 32oz cups of crushed ice daily and would get more if available. I went to my doc. yest. they did labs and again, I have hardly any iron or iron stores and my B12 is very low. They are starting me on B12 injections daily for a week, then once a week for 3 weeks and I have to follow up with a GI doc. for the upper/lower scopes. I have often heard of PICA, but can any one tell me what makes one crave weird stuff like this? What is the rationale? Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I have recently developed a CRAZY need for ice. I don’t care much for cubes (they hurt my teeth). I use the crushed ice maker in my refridgerator and add water – then put it in the blender! I have a 20 oz glass on my way to work each day. At lunch I go to the store in by building for a 32 oz cup of that really soft chewable ice (like they have at Sonic). On my way home I get a 32 oz. ice only shaved ice sno-cone. Then usually at least 3 more blenders like in the morning. I have spent so much at the sno-cone shop lately that my husband just went on-line and ordered me an ice shaving machine (it is supposed to deliver tomorrow – I can’t wait!) This is a very new craving for me but it has taken over my life! I saw my doc the other day and he did blood work – but I haven’t heard back from him yet. It is just good to know I am not the only ICE NUT out there!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a 20 year old woman and have been craving ice for the past couple of years. I get called ‘the ice queen’ by those that I live with. I didn’t know this addiction was this common. I’m a vegetarian (and have been all my life), and I suspect I may be slightly anaemic, I do feel tired sometimes, even after a day of doing nothing.

    I go through phases of ice cravings, sometimes I get through three 2k bags a week. Other times I don’t even think about ice. The past month has been the worst. I think perhaps I need to see a doctor. I love to crunch up big cubes and I’m worried about the effect it has on my teeth, also my family can’t stand the crunching when they’re trying to watch the TV. But it’s like an unsatisfiable thirst.

  • JustSmartLiving

    Interesting. I’m not sure where I heard it before but as soon as eating ice was mentioned i thought of Anemia.

  • Anonymous

    Wow!!… I too am a hugh ice Fan (lol). I have been in love w/ice for over 35yrs now..I have brought over 8 Hawaiian Ice Shavers from Target.(LOL).I eat at least 20lbs of shaved Ice daily..I live in Florida but, I keep the Heater on year round.(LOL).My family & friends hate coming to my home..(LOL).By the way, I too am a anemic & have heavy periods..I sometimes take iron supplement for my anemia. So when the cravings are outrageously uncontrollable, I know that my hemoglobin is low..Good to know that I am not alone with these bizzar cravings. (LOL)
    I really enjoyed reading your stories..But what I really want to know is, why do Anemics crave Ice ?? There's gotta be some medical explaination other than the link to low hemoglobin..just saying…

    OK—I gotta go shave more ice!!

    Peace,
    LaLa from Florida

  • Anonymous

    I’m an ice eater. I also suffer from fribroids, anemia and had a total thyroidectomy due to cancer. I notice several others have a similar combinaion of issues. Odd, I always wondered if they were connected. I was in my mid 30s when they discovered the nodules on my thyroid and shortly after my doctor mentioned fibroids during my yearly well-woman exam. I had gone every year and he had never mentioned the fibroids before my thyroid issue was discovered. Currently my doctor tells me I am no longer anemic but I continue to crave ice therefore I suspect it may also have something to do with my thyroid medication not being quite correct (hypothyroid). I never run a regular body temp and normally run about 97.6 or lower. I freeze to death all the time and yet I continue to consume ice while holding a heating pad in my lap or sitting in front of a small space heater because I’m driven to eat the stuff. My doctor will not increase my thyroid medication because he said I am within the “normal” range (normal for who?). As for my anemia, I was unable to take most iron supplements because my digestive system would not tolerate any of them. I would either throw them up or they would shut down the entire system so food did not move through as it should. My doctor ended up prescribing Proferrin which is a heme iron polypeptide (HIP)described by the website as more tolerable because its food. Its made from the red blood cells of bovine so I wouldn’t recommend it if your a vegetarian but my system does tolerate it very well. I was a very healthy person prior to the discovery of the thyroid cancer/fibroids and miss my former self.

  • Anonymous

    Chicago…No insurance…..I eat ice everyday…..question? Please answer…Can eating ice cause…let’s say hardening of cooking oil used in foods in your body and heart valves….I can’t stop eating ice…I have tried….I am large and definitely a health hazard to myself…I am 210 pounds, but don’t look the part….also does ice put weight on your body…help me understand….Thanks

  • Anonymous

    I started eating ice when I was a cocktail waitress. I didn’t have time to eat so I would munch on ice all night. It got to the point where I was eating crushed ice right from the machine on my fridge. Thank God it was filtered because regular ice can taste nasty. I would eat ice once in awhile before but not like this. Now I am seeking out bigger cups. I took a new job and now I keep a big bag of the glacier brand ice in the freezer at work. Its only a bit after 11 am and I am on my fourth big cup of ice. I cant even drive home without ice or go to a restaurant without eating ice. Its kind of funny because I always have a cup of ice and the servers ask me if I want more water. I say no, Its just ice, as I put my hand over the top of the cup to protect it. I don’t like drinking water. I have been severely anemic all of my life and have had a few blood transfusions. I have never been addicted to anything. I don’t smoke and I don’t use drugs. Ice is my drug of choice and I cant imagine giving it up. I think its healthier to eat ice, get hydrated and not eat junk all day. I wont give up eating ice but I am glad to know I am not alone out there. I thought I was strange. :)

  • Anonymous

    Yay I’m glad I’m not the only ‘crazy ice eater lady’!

    Im 22 and Ive been craving and munching on ice for about 6 months now. Before ice I was addicted to hard mints and chewing gum. Yes I know, weird.

    I realised my ice obsession was abnormal when I started to go to McDonalds drive through just to order ice in a cup. Sad huh haha.

    Ironically while waiting for the water in the ice cube tray to freeze I decided to google ‘i eat too much ice’. Im so glad i found this. Ive had the dizzy spells and unusually heavy (for me) periods. Now I can do something about it.

    Good luck to all of you ladies! And er men if there are any!

  • Anonymous

    I started craving ice about 2 years ago. I drove my wife and coworkers crazy eating it. I was slowly getting paler. I didn’t notice it but those who didn’t see me very often did.

    I went to the doctor and found out I was anemic from blood loss do to a colon cancer tumor. I was two pints low on blood. After all that was taken care of, I have no desire to eat ice.

    So if you crave ice and are getting paler, you are probably low on blood or iron. Something is not right. Go see a doctor.

  • Moofie

    My hematologist told me that he would cure my pagophagia, so he raised my Aranesp dosage, and it did eventually work.

    Now when I start munching ice, I know that it’s time to start my current brand of Poetin injections again.

    Interestingly, he told me that anemia wasn’t just associated with munching ice, but also things like uncooked rice, uncooked spaghetti noodles … etc … anything that goes crunch in serious way.

  • Frosty the Snowman

    I have been an ice eater on and off for about, oh, 42 years or so.

    Well, I gotta run… the thermometer’s getting red; and when the thermometer gets red, the temperature goes up; and when the temperature goes up, I start to melt; and when I start to melt, I get all wishy-washy.

  • Anonymous

    Glad I found this article. I’m on the verge of killing my co-worker for obnoxiously chomping ice very loudly ALL DAY. Now, maybe I can helpfully suggest some iron supplements or something. Be aware that your ice chomping can be highly annoying to those near you.

  • Charlene

    I was an ice craver last year. I thought it was just my body saying I need to be more hydrated because I live in the desert. I had my physical last September and my blood test did find that I was anemic. Next, my fecal occult blood tests came up positive times three. At the end of October, while still going through some work up, I had my first diverticulitis episode and we found out why I was FOB positive and anemic! I am no longer anemic and I no longer crave ice. My dentist is happier now…I cracked a few teeth with this bad habit!

  • Anonymous

    Years Ice crunching , Chronic Anaemia, hospital visits, heavy periods, bloating enough iron tablets to sink a battleship. Then I went to a nutritionalist instead of a doctor to ask why I was losing the iron in the first place. A simple shortage of folic acid and B12 (B12 especially for vegetarians) and A wonderful product called CALMAG-C and 3 weeks later I was a changed person.My doctors were astounded. Never looked back. I have helped many friends by passing on this simple advice – good luck.

  • shaifali

    hi, I am 23 year old and have a craving of Ice eating. I ate alot of ice in a full day. and i have problem of heavy menstrual bleeding, thus it can lead to wait loss as well Kindly suggest what should i do

  • Amunet

    Hi
    Im Amunet, my god im glad to see so many people here with the same concern, i always thought tat im the only freak who loves to eat ice.. I just cant keep my hands off the ice tray , its like some kinda drug for me , and as far as my health is concerned , im perfectly fine.. touch wood.
    Happy ice eating

  • Kelly

    Been eating ice for years, since my last pregnancy (8 years ago). I knew my craving had to be from anemia. I will go through 3 or 4 trays of ice a night. I will pour just enough juice to cover my ice and give it a bit of flavor. I do have heavy periods therefore a lot of blood loss. I know I am probably ruining my teeth. I can control my cravings at work, but at home I am constantly in the freezer. It’s been worse than usual lately, and I have also gained weight lately, could there be some kind of connection???

  • CHAMPION ICE EATER

    HI, MY NAME IS BONNIE, AND I AM AN ICEAHOLIC AND I AM 62. ! MY SYMPTOMS :ICE EATER, VAGUE CALF CRAMPS,AND A BIT TIRED., ICE OF CHOICE; FOUNTAIN ICE, BUT NOT THE BIG GUYS WITH THE WHOLE IN THE MIDDLE. YOU KNOW THE ONES I MEAN. FIRST OF ALL 5 YEARS AGO , HAVING MY ANNUAL EXAM, LABS INCLUDED, RESULTS SHOWED MY HEMO WAS 3 . I GOT A CALL AT WORK, A MEDICAL OFFICE. WHERE MY DR SAID, IF YOU HAD A 3 HEMO YOU WOULDN’T BE STANDING HERE. SO, IMMEDIATELY I WAS SENT TO THE ER FOR A TRANSFUSION, ENDOSCOPE,COLONOSC,LIVER ULT
    SND, CANCER WORK UP, AND MORE LABS. 5 DAYS LATER I CHECKED MYSELF OUT, I WAS STARVING FROM ALL THE PREPS FOR THE TESTS ,BUT HAD STOPPED THE ICE EATING ALL OF A SUDDEN. MY HEMO DID NOT GO UP FOR 3-4 WKS, AND MY DR. WOULDN’T LET ME RETURN TO WORK TILL MY HEMO WAS AT LEAST 11.
    YES, SEVERE ANEMIA, BUT THE IRON CAUSED ME TO HAVE SEVERE VOMITING. TWO YEARS LATER, GUESS WHAT, I WAS BACK ON THE ICE. I FEEL LIKE A HEROIN ADDICT. MY FAMILY HATES IT, CUPS OF ICE
    WAITING TO GET SOFTER, BUT THANK GOD FOR MY LOCAL ‘MOM AND POP ‘ STORE, THEY HAVE THE BEST READY TO SERVE FOUNTAIN ICE, AND I’M UP TO 5 CUPS [44oz] PER DAY, BUT ALWAYS HAVE WINN DIXIE 20 BAG IN THE FREEZER ON STANDBY. NO, ITS NOT FUNNY, BUT IT IS WHAT IS.! I DON’T FEEL TOO BAD, BUT I HAVE OTHER HEALTH ISSUES, NOT RELATED TO ICE OR ANEMIA, MORE LIKE. HYPERTENSION, HEADACHES, SCIATICA, ARTHRITIS CERVICAL DAMAGE ETC, SO THE MEDS FOR THIS MAY BE RELATED TO THE ICE CRAVING. I CAN’T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT ICE, AND PLAN HOW I CAN GET THRU AN EVENT AND STASH THE ICE ON ICE!!
    GOOD LUCK MY FRIENDS, I LIVE IN FLORIDA, SO I NEVER LOOK FORWARD TO HURRICAINES! no power/ no ice, omg!!

  • ANNONYMOUS

    ICE EATING IS REAL; LIKE CIGARETTES, ALCHOHOL OR DRUGS. IT DESTROYS TEETH AND APPETITE. HOWEVER, IT HAS NO CALORIES, NUTRITION OR VITAMINS.
    IF YOU CAN STOP, STOP BEFORE YOU HAVE WORSE PROBLEMS. ANEMIA IS SERIOUS AND CAN KILL YOU.
    ITS NOT A LAUGHING MATTER. **
    ***
    ALSO, CAN ICE FROM MACHINES CAUSE A BACTERIA THAT CAN CAUSE CONGESTION OR BRONCHITIS? GOOD LUCK

  • tracy

    OOOMMMMGGGG! I can not believe this is real! I have been eating ice for sooooo long and I really mean when I say I CAN NOT STOPPPP!!!! I actually have a cup in my hand as we speak! I could not believe that it got so bad that I had to go onto the Internet and put in “ice addiction”. I never knew sooo many people suffer from this!!!! I also, like others have a low blood count (4 and now 7) and heavy cycles. I know I’m anemic and was given iron pills to take 3 times a day along with a multi vitamin. Going to start taking soon. I feel sooo guilty because I have an ice shaver and I live in an apt. Lately, I’ve been using the machine at least 3x a day and unfortunately it is VERY LOUD! At first I use to feel so bad because the walls are so thin and I crave ice all day and night. I’ve tried everything to muffle the sound but my “addiction” is stronger than my “consideration”. I keep thinking they’re going to tell the landlord to put me out!!! I use to joke with my family and say it’s like a cigarette, drugs or alcohol addiction. I have to have a specific bag of ice from Wawa and I shave it reeeal fine and eat 2 – 3 16ounce cups in one sitting. Like others, while I’m at work I can control it but you better believe I am thinking of it on the way home!!! I want to stop! So far my teeth are okay but I don’t want to cause any damages over this. I JUST LOVE THE STUFF!!!! HELLLP!!!

  • Crystal

    Since I became pregnant I have been eating ice every second. I actually just finish eating a cup of ice at my desk. My doctor told me to take iron pills twice daily due to my low level of iron. After reading this, I am starting to think that part of my problem is due to the ice habit.

    Is it normal to crave ice while your pregnant?

  • Shannon

    I cannot stop the cravings. Morning, noon and night!! It drives my husband crazy!! I even have to take a full cup with me on my drive to work. I know I’m probably driving my co worker crazy but, I can’t help it. I have been diagnosed with anemia my hemo is a 6. I also have heavy periods and sometimes lasting 3 wks at a time. I’ve been told to take iron supplememnts but than there is the problem with constipation. So, I end up not taking it like I should. Gotta Go…my cup is now empty. Need a refill!!

  • Star

    im so hooked sometimes I cant even wait for the trays to completely freeze, I started eating ice to help my cutting back on smoking, I used to eat peanut MnMs but im type 2 diebetic now so ice wasthe next best thing …no sugar, but im so hooked now ill smoke and eat ice at sametime…its crazy

  • Kelly

    I took the iron pills and guess what, I had to go to the doctor one day and have an “extraction” done, I was blocked. It was a terrible experience and I will not take those pills again, I threw them out. But, my doctor has said that this will have an effect on my heart eventually if left untreated, so I don’t know what to do.
    So glad to know I’m not the only one out there with this problem, and yes, it’s like being a drug addict sometimes!

  • Anonymous

    oh GOD so many ppl. addicted of ice . few months later started eating ice.I thought iwas the only one.It means iam also anemic because i also have heavy bleeding problem. Definitely will see a doctor tommorrow. Thank you all of u who shared their experience.

  • teahna lockhart

    im 17 years old and ive been eatin ice since i can remember when i was like 12 i use to seek to the market and pick the ice from the frezzer….i still it ice til this day i cant even wait til the ice tray is full..i get ice from my friends house when i run out which barely happens ! i tried to stop eatin ice but i cant and when i dnt have ice within hours i go crazy do stupid shit like stand in the rain and yell etc…..im always sick and my period is extremly heavy ! Wat makes it sad is that im young