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Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Why do victims of iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much?

Pagophagia: The exact relationship between chewing on ice and iron deficiency has not been exactly worked out. Many physicians will order iron studies on patients that report chewing on ice just to make sure there are no deficiencies. Further studies will be needed. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

I am not sure: We know exactly. It is known as pica. The ice is common in the north. In the south some people eat clay soil and or corn starch. ...Read more

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Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Can you die from iron deficiency anemia?

Yes: If iron deficiency is not treated, ultimately this can lead to high output cardiac (heart) failure. When someone is anemic, then their blood volume is low. This leads to increased cardiac output and ultimately the heart can't keep up with the demand. When this occurs, lack of blood flow leads to organ failure. Learning point is to treat it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How are pagophagia and iron deficiency connected?

See below: There seems to be a clear association between iron deficiency and pagophagia. If a patient has the latter his/her hemoglobin should be checked. There are other associations besides iron deficiency. ...Read more

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High iron and iron saturation. Ferritin normal.can this be caused by eating too much iron rich foods? Will decreasing iron rich foods help?

High iron and iron saturation. Ferritin normal.can this be caused by eating too much iron rich foods? Will decreasing iron rich foods help?

See Doctor: It is unusual for a woman who is still in the age group having menstural periods to have a high iron and iron saturation, and also unusual for the ferritin to be completely normal range if the iron is very high. You might have an unusual disease called Hemochromatosis, which is an iron storage disease. Stop any iron or multivit+ mineral supplements and see doc. Might need phlebotomy (take blood ...Read more

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To much iron overdose from using wrought iron skillets?

To much iron overdose from using wrought iron skillets?

No: Not likely. Have your hfe gene tested. Single mutation causes elevated iron. 2 mutations means disease (hemochomatosis). ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency anemia kill you?

Can iron deficiency anemia kill you?

Yes, depending on ..: Severity and intervention. In children, for example, fe deficiency from inappropriate cows milk ingestion can lead to hematocrit below 10% in severely affected patients, which can be insufficient to support organ function, particularly the heart, which must work even harder in the face of severe anemia. Death can occur. Working for you is that anemia develops slowly, permitting compensation. ...Read more

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Non-anemic iron deficient patient ferritin 7, sat 10 and tibc 475, iron pills haven't help, still feel fatigue, add, lose my hair.What else will help?

Give it time: Iron replacement can take many weeks before fatigue resolves. If more than 6 weeks pass, recheck the ferritin. If it has not gone up, iron is not being absorbed, and that would require further eval. If it rises and fatigue continues, look for other cause. ...Read more

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Beta thalassemia anemia and ice cravings?

Beta thalassemia anemia and ice cravings?

A type of pica: Craving ice is a common symptom seen among patients with thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and other chronic anemias. Why this occurs is not fully understood. ...Read more

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Severe iron deficient anemia 12 yrs.mvp.new diagnosis of hepc.headaches.swollen spre tounge.require IV iron q 4mo. 417 IgM 8.2hgb 25hct iron low of 12. progn?

Severe iron deficient anemia 12 yrs.mvp.new diagnosis of hepc.headaches.swollen spre tounge.require IV iron q 4mo. 417 IgM 8.2hgb 25hct iron low of 12. progn?

Probably excellent: If society is wise enough to provide the new hepatitis C treatment to everyone at a reasonable cost, getting rid of hepatitis C will probably benefit you greatly. You need to find out why you are iron deficient -- a workup by a competent physician is in order, checking for malabsorption, ulcer, hookworm, tumor, more. Once done this will help greatly. ...Read more

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My ferratin is 6, hemoglobin 10.4 and hemocrit 34. Indicates iron deficiency anemia. Cannot take supplements due to ibs. No red meat. Recommendation?

IRON are: Oysters, kidney beans, beef liver, tofu, beef (chuck roast, lean ground beef), turkey leg, whole wheat bread, tuna, eggs, shrimp, peanut butter, leg of lamb, brown rice, raisin bran (enriched) are all sources of iron. There is also injectable iron if you truly have problems with the pills due to your ibs. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What do these iron levels indicate; iron 47, tibc 441, iron saturation 11?

MIld Fe deficiency: This may indicate a mild iron deficiency. Can't tell if you have iron deficiency anemia as there is no HGB / hct supplied but this could be a possibility. ...Read more

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Iron saturation= 10 %. All else normal, no anemia. On supplements for vit B deficiency. Do I need iron supplements to help with fatigue and rls ?

Anemia: Transferrin saturation of less than 20% indicates iron deficiency. Work with your doctor to address the cause of your fe deficiency state, and correct it as well as the fe deficiency state itself. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is craving dirt possibly anemia?

Yes: Craving dirt, or many other crunchy materials (ice, starch, etc) is called "pica" and may be a sign of iron deficiency. There is no known explanation for this but it has been postulated that our ancient or prehistoric forefathers might have corrected severe iron deficiency by getting iron out of eating iron-containing dirt or pebbles. ...Read more

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Does taking iron supplements or eating foods rich in iron promote rise in hgb level best?

Does taking iron supplements or eating foods rich in iron promote rise in hgb level best?

Iron deficiency: One can increase the iron level in your body much more quickly with iron supplements than with any type of food. ...Read more

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For iron deficiency should you take iron supplements + iron -enriched foods? Worried about iron overdose. And how long to get iron back in system?

Fe deficiency is a..: Symptom of a problem as much as being a problem in its own rite. It's important to both correct the deficiency and discover its source. To correct, continue oral fe supplements until hematocrit normalizes then continue for another 3months to replete stores. If you find the source and fix it, your only significant source of fe loss is bleeding. If you don't fix it, the fe deficiency will recur. ...Read more

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Can Iron deficiency give you migraines?

Yes: Mild iron deficiency does not, but severe forms can cause many symptoms including headache. Correcting this will alleviate this and other symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, irritability,dizziness, ice craving, and trouble concentrating ...Read more

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