Hello everyone -- I just want to say first I'm so grateful for this forum - it's one of the few forums related to pain that doesn't leave me feeling completely hopeless! I'm trying to figure out if my symptoms are TMS as it's a little complicated. I got a small, 1 x 1 inch tattoo on my left ankle about six weeks ago. It was a very painful process, which I expected from an ankle tattoo, but it felt like it was almost TOO painful at times, the tattoo artist didn't make me feel super comfortable about it (I got pushed into getting it on my ankle by the artist and my boyfriend - I wanted it on my shoulder because I was afraid of how bad it would hurt on my ankle). Following the tattoo, I immediately had some mild aching/throbbing pain right in the arch of my foot. My tattoo also had trouble healing - it was red a lot around the edges and would dry out easily. Fear of it being infected, I took some antibiotics orally and topically. The antibiotics seemed to help a little bit not really, and the pain returned right after. Six weeks later, I'm having pain throughout the entire bottom of my left foot - feel likes an aching, throbbing, burning pain and it's pretty awful. It's there all the time, doesn't matter what I'm doing. It actually seems to feel a little better when I put pressure on it/when I walk, it feels worse when I'm laying down or not moving it. I've been to three doctors now, and returned to the tattoo artist and tattoo owner, none of which think it looks infected -- although the center of the tattoo doesn't look like it's healing properly - it looks a bit scarred and the color is faded, almost like the skin is missing there, so I'm not sure why they keep saying that. I've had a really bad experience with the tattoo shop over the last six weeks - someone got on their review site and posted some negative reviews about my artist saying she was unsanitary and rude, etc. although I didn't see her being unsanitary - it put me into a fear spiral for weeks that I had HIV/Hep C. I recently was tested for the HIV and it was negative as was Hep, although the Hep won't show up for months. The owner of the shop thought it was me posting the negative reviews because I was complaining of pain and poor healing, and somehow thought it would be appropriate to post my contact information in response to each of the reviews along with a copy of my driver's license. I spent weeks calling and e-mailing the shop demanding my info to be taken down, they just kept posting it, calling me names in the review, etc. I had to finally consult with a lawyer who said they were breaking the law and they took everything down finally. This was a week ago. The tattoo itself was traumatic. The aftermath of the tattoo with the pain, fear of having infection and emotional abuse from the tattoo shop was also traumatic in alot of ways. I have pre-existing OCD so believing the tattoo wasn't properly applied and wasn't sanitary because of those reviews left me in horrible fear the last several weeks. Although they have stopped posting my info now, my tattoo artist showed me her health certification and that the reviews were probably fake, and doctors don't think it's infected, I'm still skeptical. It still hasn't completely healed 6 weeks later and the pain in my foot is about a 10/10 now, it feels a lot like CRPS. My question is could any of this be TMS? Can slow wound healing be TMS? Could the pain be unrelated? Everyone keeps telling me that a tattoo shouldn't cause pain like this, unless it's infected. I still think the center looks infected because it's reddish and looks like the skin hasn't regenerated, but none of the doctors or tattoo artist seems to think so. I'm not sure if I should get a 4th doctor's opinion on whether it's infected, but I know it's hard to accept anything other than a structural cause right now.