My TMS has been a lot better lately. For the most part. BUT, about 17 days ago (yes, I am counting the days) I banged my second to little (fourth) toe on the bedpost and sprained it. Doctor visit with 2 X-Rays show no discernable fracture, but a pretty nasty sprain. Doc said RICE, and "Buddy Tape" to isolate and brace the toe, and look at about 3-6 weeks before I'm feeling all better. He told me it was perfectly normal for a badly sprained toe to hurt for a while. So my toe has been hurting, but I think it's hurting more than I think it should. I am going through a LOT of stress and anxiety right now, having a flare-up of OCD, rumination, watching all kinds of scary videos on foot disorders, etc. The more I think about my toe, and the more I become afraid, the more it HURTS. Can TMS be concomitantly occuring with, or delaying a healing from an actual injury? To make matters worse, my doc ran a series of blood panels (full workup) on me a few weeks ago and all good, except my ANA panel (marker for possible autoimmune issues was positive). I FREAKED out, because my mom had Lupus, and sis has Rheumatoid Arthritis. Doctor said all the subtests (where they actually test all the antibodies to all the major autoimmune and rheumatic disorders, from Lupus to Scleroderma, Sjrogens, etc) and they were all NEGATIVE. Doctor told me this was a GREAT sign, and I am in the clear. He wants to test again in about 3-6 months, but he said it was very common to have a positive ANA, and if the markers and titers were low and/or negative (both low and negative in my case), I am home free. So instead of partying and saying, "I am so grateful I just have a sprained toe, and I DO NOT have Lupus, I spent the next WEEK obsessively watching every YouTube video on Lupus there is. I even joined a Lupus support group and I don't have lupus! I would laugh if I could, but I'm too busy scaring myself! Anyway, my toe hurts still, I am a nervous wreck, and I think ALL this is TMS. My doc even said that a positive ANA can sometimes happen if a patient is experiencing extreme stress or is injured (both were the case when I took the test, I had a panic attack as the needle was going in for the blood draw). I have been so much better, why am I scaring myself so bad, and what can I do to soothe my fear, which I know is making my pain in my toe go from a dull ache to a sharp "PAY ATTENTION TO ME!!!!" I'm having a setback.