My muscles started to have a "strained" feeling about 2 years ago whenever I would smile--especially if it was just a polite smile and wasn't natural. It's now gotten worse, and when I wake up every morning, I have to spend time stretching my face out to even be able talk half-normally or show facial expression at all. This leaves the area around my mouth extremely red for 10-15 minutes and leaves me feeling self-conscious. Even with my face stretched out, I can't speak as fluidly as I used to or smile as naturally. I feel like my communication ability has gone downhill; I often avoid speaking when I can. I feel like I can't be myself like I used to--it's uncomfortable to show emotion or expression. It's not debilitating, which is why it's taken me so long to actually try and get help with it. I've also developed eye sensitivity/dryness and facial dryness (I use facial lotion to combat that), which may or may not be related. Do you have any idea what may be causing all this?
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