We have all dealt with that old chestnut, Oh it's all in your mind, as much from those professionals in the NHS as the general population's belief that you can't possibly be in that much pain as why can you do that, (whatever it is you did that you were seen doing) But we have watched a player writhing in agony ,but when a ball comes to him he will run for it, until he passes it then he will lie down again back to the pain, but that is how the brain focuses on the most important and delegates.
I myself have lived with that , like all people coping and managing pain, and it's as old as the hills, and I see it raising it's head again and again in the minds and on the faces of those around me, and again and again it is basic psychology at work and it is usually baffling to those faces and minds struggling to understand (those that care) and it means lies to those that don't care.
Because the side effects of some of the most popular pain meds can be (I think deadly ) because not enough is known about the nervous system to go switching off so many of the most important signals that each organ may rely on, in their own unique way (or maybe not) but I bet that chemical signals needed to send out specific healing properties to each organ, is being very much hindered by these cosh type of drugs, I know from my own point of view of just how quickly organs can be affected by them, as opposed to the socially bad-name types, and I've been wondering that just not enough research is being done into the psychological going's on in the brain around pain receptors.
Or is it acceptable to just label someone with chronic pain because the NHS deems you past your sell by date..full stop. But I think there is a lot to be learnt, by Just what is going on in the mind and body of that player being able to switch off that pain during those few minutes, or maybe I have too much time on my hands now..ah well.