How to Describe Health Problems

Let’s start by recalling some health problems:

  • A fever
  • A cough
  • A headache
  • A cold
  • A sore throat
  • A sore back
  • A stomachache
  • The flu

I have ………….. (This indicates that you have the mentioned illness.)

For example: My stomach hurts.

Actions to Take:

What do you usually do when you have one of the problems above?

  • See a doctor
  • Stay in bed
  • Take medicine
  • Get rest
  • Ignore / don’t bother


Mike: Ian, I am not feeling well today.

Ian: What’s the matter, Mike?

Mike: I have a fever.

Ian: Hmm, I hope it’s not too bad. Have you ————–?

Mike: No, I haven’t. I think I have a cold. I walked out late, but it was freezing cold.

Ian: Stay in bed and have a rest.

Mike: That’s a good idea. Thank you very much.


You can use the phrases from section A.

  • Why don’t you …….?
  • It’s a good idea to ….
  • How about …….ing? (How about seeing the doctor?)
  • I suggest seeing the doctor.

More Health Problems:

  • A sprained wrist / ankle
  • A bee sting
  • Insomnia
  • Stiff neck
  • Allergy
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