Ya I'd say it's different for everyone. Mine is on my shoulder and when she went off my shoudler blade (where bone goes to 'fat') it hurt but nothing unmanageable. I definitely think you'll be just fine, I had breaks but per my tattooers request, she is a friend of my boyfriends so we weren't in any rush :]. I swell really easy so witch hazel was our savior haha. She was funny too my boyfriend got his pheonix done to start to finish his sleeve and she was messin with him makin more noise then I did and it's his third lol. It helps to keep your mind busy, music, talking or anything like that.
edit: I am the same way once my hot flash went away (5 mins ) I had goose bumps the whole time as it had been 90 or so and I wore shorts and it was cold inside. You should be fine though :].
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