I know the subreddit rules say no asking for medical advice, so I hope this question isn't considered that. Please let me know if this violates anything. Also on mobile so I apologize for weird formatting.
I found out recently that when most people get tattoos they kind of numb out after a while and that's why sitting out a 6 hour tattoo isn't a huge pain. Like it starts out a bit stabby and then becomes numbed out once you've had a bit of time. I personally, have the opposite? It starts out painful but at a bearable level, and then feels like picking at a deep scab. That deep, piercing, skin crawly feeling. Like cutting into a cut that's already there. It feels really raw. I usually tap out around 2.5-3 hours because I can't control my muscle spasms and it's impossible to tattoo cleanly anymore.
I am not looking for a diagnosis of any kind, my doctor's are on the case about suspected illnesses, what I'm wondering is about pain management. I know a lot of tattoo communities are very divided on numbing creams and the like, but I was wondering if anyone has any good brands or tricks? I'd like to get more intricate and large tattoos but I just can't handle it.
I'm also concerned about doing multiple sessions because my tattoos seem to scar? I can feel the black lines mostly, they're raised up and look bumpy almost. Kind of like a stretch mark or a keloid. I can try and get a decent picture if anyone's interested. One of my tattoos is definitely stretched out, which could be the cause, but the others are all bumped out as well.