I started craving ice to chew over 3 years ago. I'm a nurse and aware that ice chewing is often a symptom of IDA. I'm post menopausal and had no signs/symptoms of bleeding. I also have a compulsive eating disorder and because of passable blood tests for a couple of years I kept thinking it was a part of my compulsive eating behavior. As I slid into relapse with my eating and I compulsively chewed ice, mostly the soft machine ice, often large ice tray cubes that have taken a toll on my teeth. Also, I was also very tired. But, gaining weight, not exercising, working night shift, 12 hr shifts I finally sold my house (with a lot of help from f/f), retired and moved to a neighboring state to live near my son and his family. I went back to my primary care Dr., for a clean bill of health to move records to my new hometown and I was alarmingly anemic (hgb was 7.3). I wound up under the care of a hematologist and needed a blood transfusion and weekly iron infusions which ended a couple of weeks ago with a recheck in a month. The 'ice chewing' has totally disappeared. I have no desire to chew ice. I am back on point with my treatment for my eating compulsion and except for arthritic knees that I plan to get replacements for, I have my life back. I have no desire to chew ice. Several tests have been done to find the reason and none found so far. If the iron/hgb go back down they plan to do a bone marrow biopsy, but for now I'm enjoying staying up all day and doing normal activities instead of laying around eating and chewing ice.