If you want medication to relieve your symptoms, say so.If you’re worried you can’t afford a prescribed drug and wonder if a generic substitute might be cheaper, ask.

If you’re afraid you might have heart problems and you wonder if you should be tested, speak up.

If you don’t speak up, you may walk away frustrated — and still worried. If you need reassurance and you’re open about it, your doctor may be able to help you regain peace of mind.

But remember — you have to say what’s bothering you. Doctors are often rushed and — contrary to popular belief — medical schools don’t teach mind reading.