For women out there that are menopausal

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Has anyone with AS that has gone through menopause experienced their AS as having gotten a lot worse?  Mine sure has as it started creeping up my spine and wrapping around my ribs causing it to hurt as I breathe.  I also had costochondritis which felt like I had broken ribs and it hurt to breathe.  Just wondering as men and women are affected differently by the disease.  Maybe female hormones help in staving it off.

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    Hi.

    I was diagnosed fairly late and had been having hot flashes for over ten years ( since age 40) .  The A.S. had progress hugely & the very hot & intence hot, flashes have got progressivly worse over last 15 years especially at night. On average 30  in 24 hours.  According to several of the medical staff I see, the hot hot flashes 'are mentioned' by in advanced A.S..   I dont know & I dont think the medical people know much about the differences in A.S. between male /female according my questions. Some have even said so. I have bad Costochondritis. For instance it is even difficult for me to have a verbal conversation at present because of flare up and tightness in my chest & inability to get enough air.  

    Tip = Lactose free milk has helped me & others reduce hot flashes.  It has reduced my day time ones but not the really hot flashes I get at night.  But every bit helps.

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      Hot flashes are normal during menopause, but my question was more about if symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis have gotten worse after menopause.  I have had this for 35 years and after menopause the AS has gotten so much worse.  I have both peripheral and axial AS. 
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      Hi.  As I have said "According to several of the medical staff I see, the hot hot flashes 'are mentioned' by patients in advanced A.S..   I dont know & I dont think the medical people know much about the differences in A.S. between male /female according my questions. Some have even said that they dont know.  I know male patients get the hot flashes in advance A,S.  Since A.S. is a progressive disease all aspects are potentially due to get worse.  I suggest you contact one of the A.S. associations.  

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    I am sorry to hear your problems. It could mean many things.  I was only repling to an email about A.S. & menopause.

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