Talking About Illnesses
Use the following expressions to talk about general pains and aches.
General aches and pains
I’ve got a horrible cold.
Have you got a headache?
I’ve a backache.
I think I’ve got the flu.
I’ve an earache.
I’m getting toothache. OR I’m getting a toothache.
There’s a lot of flu around at the moment.
I’m never sea-sick.
Have you had the measles?
I’ve a pain in the stomach.
I’ve got a sore throat.
Be sick can mean ‘vomit’.
I feel sick to my stomach. (= I want to vomit.)
I was sick two times in the night. (= I vomited two times in the night.)
I feel sick. (= I want to vomit.)
The expression throw up can also mean ‘vomit’.
I’ve got a slight headache. (= a headache that isn’t very bad)
I’m not feeling very well.
I’ve got a splitting headache. (= a very bad headache.)
I must be going down with a cold. I’ve got a sore throat.
I’m feeling sleepy.
I’ve got a shooting pain in the head.
I’m not sleeping very well at the moment.
I feel a little faint.
I’ve got a nagging pain in my shoulder. (nagging = a pain that won’t go away)
I’ve got a dull pain in the head.
When people talk about their health problems, you will want to sympathize with them. Here are some sympathetic responses.
I’m sorry to hear that.
I hope it’s nothing serious.