Emotion Thesaurus Addendum: Pain (Physical)

  • Probing the pained area and wincing
  • Hobbling about, taking tentative steps
  • Breaths that shudder
  • Leaning back and grimacing
  • Expelling a grunt or pained hiss at exertion
  • Medicating
  • Trying to sleep it off
  • Short-temperedness
  • Fainting or blacking out
  • Trembling limbs
  • Pale, blotchy skin
  • Glassy eyes
  • Feeling cold or feverish
  • Biting the lip
  • Distracting gestures (flapping a hand, tapping a foot, nodding one's head)

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13 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you for continuing to post these!
They are beyond helpful.

Angela said...

Thanks, PJ!

Brown Eyed Girl said...

Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode when Elaine went on an ! craze?

I thought you just used those to be more expressive.

Like...

"It hurts!!!!!!!!!!!!"

GutsyWriter said...

How do you keep coming up with these poignant expressions? Thank you so much.

Bish Denham said...

Once again, excellent! Thanks.

Mary Witzl said...

I've got a 14-year-old hypochondriac sitting with me right now; she's got stomach cramps and I do believe that she's run through the entire gamut of your pain thesaurus... Fortunately, she's not always like this, though I wouldn't have to come back to this posting if she were!

Kelly said...

This post must have hurt! :0)
Great ideas!

Natalie Hatch said...

As ever thanks for this. You're lifesavers.

Bish Denham said...

Angela, I have nominated you and Becca for the Kreativ Blog award. Check my blog for details!

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Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon this site about a year ago and have been using it as one of my favorite resources ever since. I just thought I'd suggest an example of phsyical pain for you, if it's not already on there... I wouldn't be surprised if it was, this is a long list and you have everything. But I thought maybe someone would arch their back in pain?

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks for the add!

annie said...

This is amazing! Helped me extremely. Couldn't have been better.. Thank you so much! :D

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