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Compulsive sponge eating - Pica (Page 4)


July 3rd, 2011
im also a spongeeater
I need help with this i buy 12 sponges everytday to eat them at work or at the gym this is so wrong but i cant help it
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replied July 14th, 2011
I just want to stop this!
=/ I've done this too off and on, I seriously need some professional help on Sponge eating, I KNOW this can't be healthy, but I do it anyway....
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replied August 3rd, 2011
I used to eat sponge when I was in high school. It got so bad it resulted in destroying the sofas in our house which lead to my family to find out. It was hard to explain to them because I didn't know why I did it, telling them I liked the taste and texture wouldn't help either of us and it would just sound too bizarre. My mum did used to threaten to take me to the doctor if I didn't stop, which I begged her not too because I was too ashamed. A few times I would eat so much sponge that I would have painful stomach aches and would vomit.

I used to think I was a freak and I hated myself for not being "normal" like everyone else.

I found out I could wean myself off by substituting sponge with other things, such as hollow fibres and tissue paper and then stop all together. I stopped for at least 10 years before I was back to eating sponge. By then I was having difficulties at University which could be part of the problem. Anyways I was finding myself being drawn back to how it used to be when I was a teenager. Being secretive, buying and hiding sponges. Luckily I didn't have any stomach aches or vomiting but I didn't want o eat it anymore. So I weaned myself off (yet again) by substituting with tissue paper and then stop entirely.

Now? At 28 I can look and touch sponges and feel nothing. I can even say the word "sponge" and I am fine. It's has been a very long and a very hard battle, particularly with myself but I am quite proud of myself. It was only a few weeks ago that I was reading an article in the newspaper (that highlighted a pregnant woman who would eat cleaning spray/foam) that a name for what has consumed so much of my youth was revealed to me (Pica) that it was a disorder rather than me being a freak of nature.

And after reading all your comments it does make me feel good that I was never alone in this Smile
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replied August 24th, 2011
Pica - eating sponge
I too recently had a blood test to find out what food allergies I have. My blood count was below 5 and I was instantly admitted to hospital and given a large blood transfusion. I am now on large doses of iron tablets and being monitored. I also have fibroids which could have contributed to blood loss, but they are also investigating the lack of iron absorbtion.

Go get checked out. I have not craved sponge since being on iron tablets but I am sure its a sign of low iron in body.

I have not told anyone of the pica (not even docs) but there are other factors to my low blood count and pica must be connected. As far as my family are concerned it stopped years ago.

Reading the stories has reminded me that i also used to eat the foam out of the settee when i was younger and eat my mom's rollers. Let's hope it has stopped for good. I was always thinking how much I can eat and have i got enough time to buy more with out my hubby finding out.

I am going to beat this, you can too.
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replied September 11th, 2011
Just been looking online and I cannot believe that there are other people out there! I am accidted to chewing sponges not eating chewing soaking wet and sucking the water off of them. I am twenty and have a six month old baby my first and I am a single mum the father and his family are not interested. This only really started after my baby was born and I chewed and ruined all of her baby sponges and she copys me so I got rid of them and use wash mitts instead. However I still secretly go out and by sponges. I am anaemic and was really bad after I had my daughter I also suffer with depression, but I simply thought I was mad or that this was a comfort thing as my wisdom teeth are going in. (I no that sounds mad)I am bleeding a lot down below always feeling dizzy and shaking and exhausted and i cannot concerate on anything and constantely bursting into tears and have no enthauism for anything. Could this all be linked to the sponges?
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replied December 9th, 2011
i do not have pica of any kind or crave sponge(just reading the blog out of curiosity) but i noticed one person saying: 'i've tried to stop but i just end up craving cotton wool. it seems to me that cotton wool would much lower levels of toxins and might be a considerably safer longterm option provided its main constuant is cotton(check the info on the packet). also why are you trying to stop? does the compulsion make you unhappy in some way or do you feel obliged to exibit normal eating habits?
hope things work out for you anyway. Smile
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replied March 13th, 2012
Sponge Rollers
I really thought I was the only one in the world that craved chewing sponges. My sponge of choice is hair rollers. I will sometimes buy 1 to 4 packs of sponge rollers just to chew them. I absolutely love the way it feels on my tounge. I will chew the sponge until it becomes gritty in my mouth. This started when I was pregnant with my twins in 1989. I can go years without chewing sponge rollers. I don't know what causes the cravings to start or stop. I am currently NOT chewing. I'm refusing to buy anymore. I truly had to bring GOD into this one. It was a battle I couldn't fight by myself.
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replied May 1st, 2012
i have been chewing cotton since i was 7 im 21 now....i chewed cotton from atleaast 100 conforters..and the stuffing from atleast 6 sofas...i need to have cotton everywhere i go...i kno this is a serious problem but i cant stop...i dont know wat to do...this addiction is sooo bad..i jus want to be better
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replied September 24th, 2012
Hi, I thought I was alone in this sponge eating thing. How do people kick the habit? I used to eat them ages ago and managed to stop. Then I started again and I had eaten that many it made the throw up so much, my parents found out and wanted answers to questions I didn't know the answer to, like why do I do it? All the answer I had for them was I dunno, and that clearly wasn't good enough for them. I promised to stop and I did. I was so proud of myself. Then just recently I started again I've only eaten ont though! I don't know why I do it. I don't understand. Now I've eaten this one I don't want to eat another one. But people don't believe me and think I need help. I'm scared I'll loose everything. I only seem to need to have one when I'm really stressed.
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replied September 25th, 2012
I have eaten Sponge for years and would love to stop. But I get really strong cravings usually when im stressed it sort of clams me down its mad but its nice to know im not the only one does anyone have any suggestions on how to quit
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replied November 29th, 2012
I have to stop
Can't believe i'm not alone....I am a 29 year old woman. I have been eating foam since I was pregnant with my first child who is now 11. Unlike many of these post, I don't crave kitchen sponges or couch cushion. What I crave most is FOAM!!! HAIR ROLLER FOAMS!!!. I would go to the store and get several packs of hair rollers all made of foam. IT had to be medium size to extra large rollers therefore I could get the most out of the bigger sizes. I would just teart them to pieces and eat them. And yes, when I have a craving for them when I am in the store, my mouth instantly waters with saliva......Now I have suffering from heavy menstral periods and blood clotting....I hope this is not the reason. I hope I now do not have pancreatic cancer...I am afraid but I know TODAY is the day that I have to stop....I need to be able to be healthy and give my fiance a baby because he does not have any children....Take it from me....STOP EATING FOAM/SPONGE
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replied December 10th, 2012
Just stop one day, I used to eat about 1-2 a day when I was in high school but at first before sponges it was the netted wash things, then I moved on to a fake looking sea sponges (all pre-washed with a certain soap) and had been eating them for near on 10 years. I used to buy like 10 a week, but when I got to about 23, I was sick and just had a peice of sponge and I just said I was going to quit and I did for over a year, but now I'm pregnant with my second child I just started craving it again and I have had 3 so far in the space of 4 weeks, I'm hoping I can stop now but every time I see them in the shop it's just really hard to resist buying some, I'm scared its done something bad to my insides Sad
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replied September 22nd, 2013
Im a mother of a 13yr old who also started eating sponges about 9 months ago. Luckily we have an open relationship, so once I became aware of this, we talked, she couldn't tell me why she did it other than sometimes feeling a bit down. I asked her to bring it to me if she felt the urge when this didn't work (as she couldn't resist) I threw them out. I took her to the doctors who thought it might be a passing phase but I insisted she got referred to a therapist (cahms) who deal with child/adolescent issues. I also researched online and found this forum & showed it to her, telling her she wasn't alone & she could write on here if it helped, she declined but together we did read alot of the comments, I'd also been monitoring when she ate the sponges and it often coincided with her menstrual cycle.
What I'd like to do is say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to those of you whom mentioned lacking vitamins/Iron as this prompted me to return to our GP to ask for blood tests & we got a phone call the next day to say it was urgent for her to start IRON tablets as she was very anaemic her haemoglobin levels were 7.7 and should be over 12. So again thank you and I hope this helps other sufferers. A relieved mum xx
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replied September 27th, 2013
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I cant stop eating the green scourer off sponges , i cant stop xxx
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replied November 28th, 2013
Compulsive sponge eating
I'm feel happy that there is other people who I can talk to,I feel like I get no support from my parents and I am 14, my mum ks supposedly phoning the doctors tomorrow for the second time, I don't think she is taking this seriously and I am worried about the effects eating sponge might have on me in the future because I have read that you might have a hard time having a baby,is this true?
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replied April 16th, 2014
OMG! I am so amaiized a how many people have the same disoder as me! I have SC animea and i have been eating foam for as long as I can remember. I would eat, bath sponges,chairs, headphones,shoulder-pads, iron boars fillings and washing up sponges. I am 15 now and it has not gotten much better as it is way easier to access foam now. i love the texture and i know that its not right to eat, but once i start, i just cant stop. My doctor says its because i lack iron in my body or zinc. i have damaged so many things when i was younger, even in school, but now i really want to stop. I woke up this morning with serious stomach aches because i consumed so much. i just want to know if we could at least get a healthy version of foam so i can satisfy my cravings but not kill myself. my parents get really worried and angry and i have eaten like the whole car seat so they get uncomforable when driving. How do i stop or find a less harmfull version of it? I'm so happy im not the only one!
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replied April 17th, 2014
I eat sponge to, it started off me going in my uncles cleaning cupboard and the sponges smelt so nice. Then i started to tear off little pieces and just chew them then spit them out in the bin. Gradually the addiction got worst and i started going shop to buy packs and rip the sponge piece by piece and swallow it, it even got so bad i would even eat the green part. I knew it was bad but i couldnt stop. My mum found out when she saw a chewed up car sponge in my bedroom.
I haven't eaten sponge for a week but im craving it BADLY, its literally like a drug. i want to stop so i threw all my sponges out.
I've read health advice about eating sponge and its not doing any justice for my digestive system, its a thing called 'pica syndrome' when you lack vitamins or might be anemic. Most sponge eaters like the texture and smell.
Its a terrible habit!
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replied June 5th, 2014
i hate to break it to you guys but look up hookworm or roundworm in conection with pica and dont pay to much attention to pica disorder more worms being related to eating non food substances. it's possible that at one time in your life you may have had hookworm or roundworm infection which leaves the body lacking vitamins ( iron ) and the bodys coping mechanism is to replace with non food substances ( almost always sponge ) even if the infection has gone many years ago its habit forming such as a child may suck his or her thumb , time to break the habit or risk having holes in your couch for the rest of your life Wink if you woud like to make a comparison rember that puppy you once owned? how he would love to eat sponge aswell? its very common for dogs to also have pica due to worm infestation, and possible that's were you yourself contracted the worms....
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replied November 7th, 2014
This all seems to come into place now, as I was at college i was stressed with the work and I tend to keep all my problems inside. But it had to stop I was getting chest pains so I went doctors and it was my iron that was low, they gave me vitamins and I haven't touched a sponge since, once in a while I crave them and I try to see if I can still eat it but just putting it in my mouth makes me feel sick, I dunno what I was thinking at the time!!
TO ALL the sponge eaters I advise to get vitamins they help a lot, better now then later.
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replied November 7th, 2014
I liked sucking on bath sponges since I was a child. Recently it came back. I have cravings for bath sponges from poundland especially after my husband takes a shower as he puts lots of Dove soap on it. I moist it and suck it and chew it and put more soap until my jaw hurts. I never dared to swallow though. I crave Tesco everyday value washing up sponges as well. I use Fairy platinum washing up liquid and the smell is so good I want to eat them. I chewed once on kitchen sponge and fairy but after my mouth an tongue went numb for 2 days so I stopped. I have no side effects after bath sponge and dove. I'm 26 never been pregnant don't have anemia. I have low blood pressure and I am pretty much stressed recently. It was better after I took liquid iron from boots after one week but my poo was almost black and my belly hurt so I stopped taking iron after 2 weeks. I really want to swallow bath sponge now... Noone knows and I got my own sponge now coz my hubby started asking why we have new sponge so often but they loose the texture and firmness after few chews so I have to replace them now and then.
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