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Thyroid long term

I have had Hypothyroidism for a few years now and didn't know it.  I know am having problems with joints and my knees.  My knees now look to be knock kneed.  I have gained a bit of weight but I am not what you would say over weight.  I suffer from severe pain especially in the evenings and night.  Will these issues go away as my thyroid function gets balanced back out.  Is there permanent damage to my joints and knees?  How long does it take to really feal and see results from taking the medication.  Is there any exercise that I can do to improve and straighten out my knees?  I tried asking my doctor these questions but never really got an answer.
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Hypothyroidism may aggravate/cause joint pain but should reverse within 6-12 months usually of correcting the hypothyroidism.  I do not know of data for/against permanent damage to joints, but it's probably that the joint issues are multi-factorial and aggravated (not solely caused) by the hypothyroidism.  A rheumatology evaluation may help determine the prognosis for the knees.
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