Now What?

I got the results from my thyroid panel.  They’re “normal”.  Note the quotes.  In the US, the normal range for TSH has been changed to .3-3 from the previous .5-5.   Korea appears to use the old values.  Now, if I were at home, I’d just argue with the doctors.  Point 1: I’m outside the new normal values (by quite a bit actually).  Point 2:  I have quite a few of the symptoms of hypothyroidism.  Point 3:  Whatever this is is starting to interfere with my life.

I don’t know why I’m so hesitant to ask the doctor here about it.  I’m afraid of coming off as a hypochondriac, I guess.  But I can’t deny how bad I feel, both physically and mentally.

I wonder how different things are with healthcare in terms of culture.  In the US, it definitely isn’t frowned on.  But there is  a lot about Korean culture I don’t know or understand.  I think my first step is going to be asking one of my Korean coworkers her opinion.  I trust H and we’re definitely good friends.  If necessary, she’s probably go to the doctor with me.  My doctor does speak pretty good English, but there are always communication difficulties.  They even crop up when both people speak the same language.

My goal is to just feel better.  I don’t think I can blame this all on depression.  There are just too many physical issues that can’t be explained away by brain chemistry wackiness.

Any suggestions?

2 thoughts on “Now What?

  1. I also had signs of hypothyroidism but tests showed “normal” so I understand your frustration. My doc won’t treat it because she doesn’t see anything wrong there. *headdesk*

    I’ve started taking iron supplements, though, and some symptoms have alleviated. Not a ton, but enough to make a difference; my ferritin blood levels were in the low-normal range. I’ll be interested to see what they are in 3 months.

    Anyways, that’s one idea that worked. I’m still working on other physical setbacks, but I’m glad to see I found a bit of a solution, however small.

  2. Hi, I´m from Sweden and i´m currently medicating for low levels in my thyriod. We also have normal range levels for TSH but some specialists say that it´s individual how low you must go to feel good. It´s very important to get treated because it takes a very long time to get back to normal since the medication has to be taken in steps with tests that are taken after at least 6 weaks between. There is always a risk that you get overmedicated wich will be bad for the heart. There are many people that gets the diagnose depression when the real problem is the thyroid. My level of TSH is 2,6 and I´m not ok with that but my doctor says it´s ok. Ask your doctor to send you to a specialist of endocrinology if your not satisfied with his diagnose. Good luck !

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