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Discussing a Headache at the Doctor’s

William is talking about his persistent headache with Doctor Johnson…

Doctor Johnson: Hi, William. How can I help you today?

William: Well, I’ve had a terrible headache for the last week and I’m very worried about it...

Doctor Johnson: OK… Not knowing the cause of a headache can be worrying.

William: It is, and I feel that my anxiety has made the pain worse!

Doctor Johnson: Headaches are very common during seasonal changes, but we need to

check that there isn’t an underlying cause or condition, so I’d like you to have an MRI scan.

William: OK, thank you. It’s been affecting my job, my home life and everything!

Doctor Johnson: OK, I’ll book you in for a scan next Tuesday. The results usually come

back in a few days. In the meantime, if you feel that your headache is getting worse, I can

direct you to aromatherapy or acupuncture treatment.

William: I’ll try to wait for the results first… Thank you.

Doctor Johnson: And try not to worry so much – we’ll get to the bottom of it!

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Discussing a Headache at the Doctor’s


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To come around

To become conscious again after an illness or an operation

One hour after the operation, she started to come around.

To shake something off

To get rid of an illness

I really hope I can shake this cold off before the weekend.

To pass out

To become unconscious for a short period of time.

When the ball hit her on the head, she passed out.

To pick something up

To start to suffer from something

She picked up the cold when she was- on holiday.

To come down with something

To start to suffer symptoms of an illness.

I think I’m starting to come down with the flu.

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