24 phrases for describing your health problems and symptoms in English
Being able to explain how you feel in English is extremely important if you live or travel in an English-speaking country. You need to be able to tell a doctor exactly how you feel. For example, is your pain sharp, dull, excruciating? Is it a burning pain, or do you feel sore? All of these different kinds of pain may be signs of very different health problems.
Below is a list of different symptoms.
Things you have:
- I have an upset stomach.
- I have a wheezing cough.
A "wheezing" cough sounds dry and painful.
- I have a rash on my neck.
This means that your skin is red and itchy.
Things that you're having:
- I'm having chest pains.
- I'm having trouble sleeping.
This means that you can't go to sleep, or that you wake up a lot at night.
- I've been having excruciating sinus headaches for the last few days.
Things that you are:
- I'm short of breath.
This means that you can't breathe well.
- My muscles are sore.
This is the feeling that you get the day after doing hard exercise.
Things that you get:
- I get this sharp pain in my shoulder whenever I raise my arm.
- I sometimes get dull, throbbing headaches.
"Dull" pain happens slowly and constantly. "Throbbing" pain hurts each time blood pumps through your body.
Things that you feel:
Things that are happening to parts of your body:
- My ankle is red and swollen.
When part of your body gets bigger, it's "swollen".
- It hurts when I apply pressure to it.
Pushing, squeezing, or leaning on part of your body "applies pressure" to it.
- My stomach hurts.
- My nose is stuffy.
This happens when you have a cold and mucus clogs up your nose.
Things that you're doing:
- I'm running a fever of 102 degrees.
- I've been vomiting for the last 12 hours.
"Vomiting" is also called "throwing up". It means that your food comes back up out of your stomach.
- I've been waking up in the middle of the night every night.
- I suffered a neck injury in a motorcycle accident last year.
- I never fully recovered from the accident.
- My allergies are killing me!
- My arthritis is acting up.
"Arthritis" is pain in the joints which happens to a lot of old people.
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