What are your symptoms? Look carefully at the pictures below
and try to choose the correct health problems from the
menus. Then check the answers.
Read carefully and study below how you can express your
health problems and the symptoms you are feeling when you visit your
EXPRESSING YOUR SYMPTOMS
I have ...
I've got ...
a temperature (British English)/ a fever (American English) a cold / a cough / a sore throat / a runny nose
a stomachache / a headache
toothache / earache / backache
a back pain / a pain in my side / chest pains
a rash on my chest /
a bruise on my leg / a lump on my arm
indigestion / diarrhea / insomnia / hives / sunburn
/ a black eye
I feel ...
sick to my stomach / nauseous / dizzy / breathless
shivery / weak / stuffed up
I am ...
tired all the time / constipated / tense
sweating / depressed / hyper (colloquial)
being sick all the time
back, arms and legs are aching
eyes are itching and watery
I've lost ...
my appetite / my voice / my
hearing / all my concentration ability
I can't ...
walk fast / hear well / concentrate on my work
ACHE, PAIN AND HURT
It is important that you remember the following
-ache can be added to the nouns back, ear, head,
stomach and tooth. But note
that backache, earache and toothache are usually uncountable nouns, while
headache and stomachache are
Example: I've got
2) Alternatively you can use the noun pain or the verb
Example: I've got
a pain in
my back. My back hurts.
3) Also remember this:
British English: I've got
American English: I've got
SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR PHYSICIAN
DIAGNOSIS – What's wrong, what has
caused it, and how serious is it?
TESTS – What tests do you recommend,
and what is the purpose?
RESULTS – How will I find out about
the results? – Will I be advised if nothing
is wrong? – Will I be advised only if
something needs attention?
OPTIONS – What treatment choices do I
MEDICATIONS – What are my choices? – What are the side effects? – How will it interact with
other prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs? – What's the dosage and
frequency? – Should I take with or
without food, or avoid alcohol?
DOCTOR'S ORDERS – What activities do I need to
avoid? – Am I contagious? – Do I need a follow up visit?
– Should I watch for anything
DEALING WITH YOUR DOCTOR
be intimidated by your physician. Ask him all the questions that concern
you. Sometimes if necessary, clearly express your doubts with
your doctor. Indeed, call your doctor himself in question. A good
doctor, worried by his patient, who wishes him well, appreciates that
his patient wants to take responsability. The good doctor always
encourages his patient to be a co-decision maker and active partner
in his treatment. If you are well informed, courteous, and express your
concerns clearly and with persistence, your doctor must be ready to
discuss your case more in detail with you. Jot down things you want
to discuss so you don't forget them, but trynot to overwhelm
the doctor with a "laundry list". And don't leave the doctor's
office until you are clear on all those questions !!