Why I May Seem Quiet After Becoming Chronically Ill

"When I'm having a painful day, I'm usually very quiet. A lot of people without chronic illness don't realize how much energy it takes to hold a conversation. Not only do I have to work all the muscles in my face and jaw to talk but I also have to think. My mind needs to be able to keep up with what you're saying. A lot of times that's just not going to happen. If I'm in so much pain it should be said that none of me feels well and my Lyme brain is in full force. It can't function normally and that's why I'm quiet."

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