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1. My head hurts!

This means that you probably have a headache /hedeik/ or worse still,
a migraine/mi:gren/.
You can have a slight, throbbing, pounding or splitting headache.

2. My ears are sore!


Your ears could also hurt or ache meaning that you have earache /rek/.

3. I have a toothache!
You will need to see the dentist who will probably have to pull your tooth out. You
may have a cavity caused by tooth decay.
The pain from toothache can be sharp, throbbing and constant.

4. My arm is sore!
The muscles in your arm may be sore and thats why it feels sore. Perhaps you did
somestrenuous exercise or overused your arm at
work.The soreness normally passes.
Luckily, you havent broken or fractured your arm because that would
causeexcruciating pain or be excruciatingly painful.

5. I cut my finger!
Oh dear, try putting your finger under a tap of cold, running water to ease the
bleeding. Hopefully the bleeding will stop and you can put a plaster on it. If not, you
will need to go to A & E (Accident & Emergency) and have the cut
treated with some stitches and abandage.
NB: I have since had a reader inform me that and I quote: putting your bleeding
finger under running water is actually going to impede the healing
process as it prevents the blood from coagulating. The thing to do is to put
pressure on the wound. Thank you to Claire H for correcting me on this.

6. My nose is runny!
You have either caught a cold or youre suffering from hay fever. In either
case, you may find that you cannot stop sneezing and have to keep blowing your
nose.
Your head could feel fuzzy because your sinuses are blocked.
A heavy cold is no fun and can often last for weeks. As we approach winter, Im afraid
more and more people will come down with heavy colds that could
feel debilitating.

7. My eyes are dry or watery!


My eyes sometimes get dry when I have been in front of the computer for many hours.
They then become sore and itchy. On the other hand, I have watery eyes when I
cut onions and they really sting or when I have a cold.
8. My throat is dry!
A sore throat is the worse thing to have. It is so painful and it makes swallowing
so hard. In the past I used to get really bad sore throats which would make me lose
my voice!
Sometimes, if you havent drunk water for a while, your throat can feel dry and worse
still,parched. A long drink of water should do the trick and ease the symptoms!
9. My chest feels tight!
If I run too fast on my weekly runs I can feel my chest tighten and it takes me a
while toget my breath back.
10. My stomach hurts!
If I eat too much, I get a stomach ache /ek/. The pain can be sharp.
Sometimes, your stomach can feel queasy and you could feel sick. Does your stomach
ever gurgle?

11. My legs feel weak!


Especially after a long run, your legs can feel weak and wobbly. If that happens, you
need to sit down.
If, however, your legs are weak because youve drunk a bit too much alcohol, you will
probably have to lie down and sleep off the effects of alcohol!

12. I twisted my ankle!


Ouch, a twisted ankle could mean that you have sprained it or worse, broken it. That
will make walking very difficult and very painful. You will
probably limp or hobble rather than walk.

Well, I do hope none of you is suffering from any of the above ailments. However, I do
hope that the vocabulary shared in this post is helpful for next time you have to talk about
such a topic.
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Ciao for now
Shanthi

Key to the colours


The expressions in blue relate to medical vocabulary and symptoms while the
words inpink are adjectives we use linked to medical terms and symptoms. The
expressions inred are verb phrases and expressions connected to the medical theme.