At the Doctor’s: 25+ Useful Phrases Used At the Doctor in English Conversation

When you are at the doctor’s, there are a few things that you should be prepared for, and several phrases that may be used during your visit. Below are common useful phrases that may be used when you see the doctor.

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When You See the Doctor

It’s important to remember that you should be prepared to answer any questions the doctor may ask about your symptoms, your medical history, and your current medications. Additionally, you should be ready to discuss any concerns or questions you have about your health.

Doctors are generally very willing to help and guide you through the process, If you didn’t understand something don’t hesitate to ask for an explanation, the doctor or their team will be more than happy to help you.

Common Phrases Used At the Doctor’s

Here are some English phrases you will use when visiting a doctor.

  • My ears are sore!
  • My head hurts! What is wrong with me?
  • I have a cold for two weeks.
  • I feel sick and painful. I feel hot and cold.
  • I’ve been having difficulty sleeping.
  • I need a sick note.
  • I’ve got a lump.
  • I think I’ve pulled a muscle in my leg.
  • I’m asthmatic.
  • My joints are aching.
  • I’ve got a temperature sore throat.
  • My throat is dry! I can’t stop coughing!
  • I’ve been feeling depressed.
  • My legs feel weak!
  • I’ve got a sprained ankle.
  • I have a cold for two weeks.
  • I’m diabetic.
  • I’ve been having headaches.
  • I cut my finger! The bleeding won’t stop.
  • My skin is itchy! I can’t stop scratching!
  • I’ve got a lump.
  • I’m asthmatic.
  • My arm is sore!
  • I”ve got very little energy.
  • I have a rash on my arm, and it’s very itchy.
  • I feel a sharp pain when I bend my knee.
  • My stomach hurts and I’ve lost my appetite.
  • My neck is stiff and sore. I think I’ve pulled a muscle.
  • What are my options for treatment?

Other Phrases at the Doctor’s Office

In addition to the phrases we listed in my previous response, there are several other phrases that are commonly used at the doctor’s office, depending on the situation.

Phrases Used At the Reception

  • I’d like to make an appointment to see Dr. …
  • I’d like to see a doctor.
  • Do you have private medical insurance?
  • The doctor’s ready to see you now.
  • Do you have any doctors who speak …?

Phrases a Doctor Might Say

  • I’m going to take your vital signs – used when the doctor or nurse is going to measure the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature.
  • Please open your mouth and say ‘ah’ – used during an oral examination
  • Please take a deep breath and hold it – used during a lung examination
  • Please lie on your back – instruction during a pelvic or abdominal examination
  • Please relax – instruction during a muscle or joint examination
  • Please turn your head to the left – instruction during a neck or ear examination
  • Please remove your clothes and put on this gown – instruction before a more thorough physical examination
  • Please provide a urine sample – instruction during a urine test
  • Please provide a stool sample – instruction during a stool test
  • I’m going to listen to your heart/ lungs – instruction while performing auscultation

At the Doctor’s Conversation

  • Doctor: Hi, how are you?
  • Patient: Not so good.
  • Doctor: What’s wrong with you?
  • Patient: I have a fever and a cough.  My throat is dry! I can’t stop coughing! I’m also sneezing.
  • Doctor: Let me take your temperature. Hmm… 38 degrees Celsius. Do you have a headache?
  • Patient: Yes, I do.
  • Doctor: I think you have the flu. Take this medicine twice a day. Get some rest. Drink a lot of water.
  • Patient: Thank you so much, doctor.
  • Doctor: I hope you feel better!

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Commonly Used Phrases at the Doctor

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Last Updated on January 10, 2023

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