This is a follow up to a thread I posted called "My Feet Are Crying". Been having foot pain for months, in both feet, and recently realized it's classic TMS. However, I have a new discovery & would love any feedback. I recently found out that the "bunion" on my right big toe (which has been painless till now) is actually a small bunion with a (fairly) small ganglion cyst attached to it. It's about the size of a nickel. Maybe even smaller. It's on top of my foot (where the big toe attaches to the foot) and I always just ignored it. I first noticed it many years ago, and till now, it's never given me trouble, nor has it changed size. OCCASIONALLY, it would rub on a tight pair of shoes, but since I mostly wear sneakers, its has never bugged me much, if at all. TILL NOW. OW. (For those that don't know, a ganglion cyst is VERY common, and since it is filled with synovial fluid (the fluid that lubricates our joints) and not cancerous or from any kind of infection, it is harmless. Most people who get ganglions removed do so for cosmetic reasons. AND most people who have them drained or aspirated find that they "return".) Anyway, I've had this ganglion cyst (and bunion) for a decade, and it has NEVER caused me pain. As a former acupuncturist, I've seen many ganglion cysts that did not cause pain, (and even seen them come and go, or reduce in size, if left alone) and every website from Mayo Clinic to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) says the same... "Although many ganglions produce no other symptoms, if a cyst puts pressure on the nerves that pass through the joint, it can cause pain, tingling, and muscle weakness. Large cysts, even if they are not painful, can cause concerns about appearance...Ganglion cysts are usually painless and not dangerous. Unless the cyst is causing pain, or impeding movement, surgery is usually not recommended". And this is from a MEDICAL site! But here's the "rub". Now that I have realized WHAT it is on my foot, and gone down EVERY RABBIT hole I can online (even scaring myself by watching gory (though relatively minor) surgeries and needle drainages for these things, my "Ganglion" is hurting. And it has NEVER hurt before. And of COURSE, I am "poking and prodding" at it and obsessing over it and worrying about it and OF COURSE, it is hurting. For the first time ever. Hurting a lot. Last night, I began to wonder if it was TMS causing this, and I "talked to my toe" for hours. I also resolved a rather nasty family drama that has been going on and feel happier today than I have in a while. Long story short? The pain is 80% gone today. It went from "OUCH! DAMN THAT HURTS!" to "That's kind of annoying". And weirdly, it hurts LESS when I walk. More when I am just sitting around, worrying. It's on top of my foot, so it really should not impair me. But it still hurts. So my question is, should I treat this as TMS? I don't really have the money to see a podiatrist right now and/or get any kind of procedure done. I'm between jobs and don't have good insurance and am already dealing with MAJOR financial stress. And even if I do have it "drained", I read that most of these things tend to recur and just require surgery and even THEN they sometimes come back. Ugh. I'm SUPER anxious about this and unsure how to proceed. I KNOW this is a "real" thing and I also know it has NEVER hurt before. Why would it start hurting ALL OF A SUDDEN? I'm not going to believe that after years of being there, and never changing in size, or moving, it "suddenly" started "pressing on a nerve". The only "pressing" going on is me pressing on it and drawing my pressing thoughts to it. Thoughts? PS- My personality is TMS to the core, and I've had every TMS symptom from TMJ to IBS, Anxiety to OCD and depression, toe pain, leg pain, back pain, and most of all NECK pain, which I had for YEARS, and finally resolved using the SEP and journaling. I was diagnosed by several TMS docs as "TMS on Steroids". Has anyone had experience with Ganglion cysts or Bunions or both?