Your health issues might be mundane, but that’s no reason to be boring. Give your complaints some interesting heft with these fancy medical terms for commonplace problems.
1. Limb falling asleep
That numb feeling that you wake to when you’ve slept on your arm wrong is obdormition. It is followed by a pricking, tingling sensation called paresthesia.
2. Ice cream headache
Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. Say it five times fast to warm up your mouth and relieve the brain freeze.
3. Muscle twitch
If you ever feel the sudden flutter under your skin from a small bundle of muscle fibers spontaneously contracting, you can say you’re experiencing fasciculation (from fasciculus, “little bundle”).
That callus on your foot may be soft, in which case it’s a heloma molle. If it’s hard, it’s a heloma durum.