When you go to the doctor, maybe you’re a bit nervous to ask all of your questions. Maybe you’re afraid the doctor will think it’s a “dumb” question and will be annoyed. Maybe the doctor looks like he or she is in a huge rush, and you don’t want to be an inconvenience with something that’s not actually a big deal.

Perhaps your doctor even makes you feel foolish for asking questions, brushing them off. This could be done unintentionally, but it could still make you hesitant to ask.

One expert says that you really shouldn’t worry about it. Don’t be concerned that the doctor is in a hurry and has a lot to do. Don’t worry that your questions are just going to make you feel like a hypochondriac. Just ask.

For example, maybe you have been having headaches. You’re worried that it’s something serious, like a brain tumor. But you’re also worried to bring that up because it could be something simple. Maybe you’re just dehydrated.

The reason to ask is that a lot of conditions are easier to treat if you find them early. It’s much better to look for a brain tumor and find nothing than to ignore it and let a real condition get worse.

Plus, if you ask your questions and the doctor still fails to diagnose it properly or quickly, you know that you did all you could. This could help to put the blame squarely on the doctor, especially if he or she ignored your concerns and didn’t look into it. When this happens, you may have a right to financial compensation, especially if delayed treatment made your situation worse.

Source: CNN, “10 dumb things you do at the doc’s office,” Elizabeth Cohen, accessed Jan. 18, 2017