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    Does your head feel stuffy?

    Dear teachers,

    Recently I read the following passage in a dialog:

    Patient: I'm feeling ill, I've got quite a bad cough, but I don't seem to have a fever.
    Doctor: Are you having any other problems?
    Patient: Well, I've got a headache. I've also had a little bit of diarrhea.
    Doctor: Does your head feel stuffy?
    Patient: Yes, for the past few days.

    I know something about a stuffy room, a stuffy nose, a stuffy chest, a stuffy lecture, a stuffy debate, a stuffy person but the meaning of the expression “Does your head feel stuffy?” escaped me. I don’t know what to make of it all.

    Would you be kind enough help me to interpret this?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.
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    Re: Does your head feel stuffy?

    The Flu Blues
    by Kimberly M. Hutmacher

    Drippy nose
    Droopy eyes
    Dreary yawns

    Scratchy throat
    Stuffy head
    Stuck at home
    Sick in bed!
    Dreadful sighs.
    Stuffy head is a headache, maybe due to stuffy nose.

    My head is stuffy
    Doctor word: Acute sinusitis
    What causes this stuffiness? A sinus infection could be the cause of head stuffiness.
    Sinuses are small compartment behind the cheeks, nose and forehead that can become filled with
    mucus during an infection. Mucus is formed to attempt to wash out the virus or bacteria causing the
    infection. When the mucus becomes blocked, you get a stuffy feeling or dull headache known as
    sinusitis.
    But I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by Kraken; 18-Jun-2008 at 14:05. Reason: More info

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    Re: Does your head feel stuffy?

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Recently I read the following passage in a dialog:

    Patient: I'm feeling ill, I've got quite a bad cough, but I don't seem to have a fever.
    Doctor: Are you having any other problems?
    Patient: Well, I've got a headache. I've also had a little bit of diarrhea.
    Doctor: Does your head feel stuffy?
    Patient: Yes, for the past few days.

    I know something about a stuffy room, a stuffy nose, a stuffy chest, a stuffy lecture, a stuffy debate, a stuffy person but the meaning of the expression “Does your head feel stuffy?” escaped me. I don’t know what to make of it all.

    Would you be kind enough help me to interpret this?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.
    Very difficult this one vil, stuffy head, it's pretty subjective really, I think that different people would mean different things by it. For me it means feeeling like your head is full of cotton wool, a kind of numb feeling when you can't think clearly.

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    Re: Does your head feel stuffy?

    Hi bhaisahab,

    Thank you for your interpretation which is very close to my original hypothesis of the meaning of the expression in question. My inner voice whispered in my ear something like “swollen head” or “inflated head” or “enlarged head size” where “swollen head “ means feeling of swollen head ( not like a turkey-cock) but as in “My head is swollen from thinking about what to do.” or “What could cause swollen knots about a quarter sized on your head in…” There are many different possible causes of the “swollen head “ as hydrocefallus, swollen brain, elevated intracranial pressure, brain disorders …or something like “my head is buzzing”, “my ears ring”.

    Thank you again for your statement.

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    Re: Does your head feel stuffy?

    Hi Kraken,

    Thank you for your attempt to give a plausible interpretation of the expression in question. In any case it is not square with the present case. At the line above was mentioned direct the symptom “headache” yet. Apparently there is a more complicated meaning. For example the feeling that has a pilot of a jet by flying in conscequence of the fall in the pressure and temperature of the air which occur with ascent to altitude.

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