Bloating, Bowel Habits, Craving Ice, Dirt Or Paper And Distended Stomach

Reviewed on 6/15/2020

This is consistent with pica (eating non-food items) and is a symptom of iron-deficiency anemia. Pica also occurs with mental disorders (like autism or mental retardation). In the context of bloating, fullness, and change in bowel habits, I would lean toward iron deficiency anemia from pregnancy, a gastrointestinal malignancy, celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease. Call your doctor.

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