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.