I think that pain is not the physical problem but the result of some problem. The pain is the body’s way of telling the rest of the person that there is a problem that requires attention. Often the body
will develop antibodies to attack the problem but sometimes the person needs to do something to help, like get physio or do some exercise or rest that part. However relieving the pain by sedating
it, however tempting that may be, does not help heal the problem, in fact I suspect delays the healing process.
So fighting the pain, which we often do, does not help. If, however, you give the pain the attention it wants, it will be satisfied and the pain will subside. As the pain subsides, we may then take our attention away and the pain will return. Focusing on the area with the problem requires a lot of practice and discipline. Meditation is a great practice for this focussed attention.
So how does this apply to a person with an ancle that is a condidate to replacement? I am not sure but the body sure wants some attention paid to that area. Physio, focussed attention, "making
freinds with the problem instead of fighting it", and anything else that is treating the problem as opposed to the symptom.
A great example of the theory is migraines or head aches. If you can
in a dsiciplined way go with the pain, the pain will lessen in its
severity. However as you give attention to the blood vessels or
whatever, the pain may go away. Then you relax and the pain returns. It is very tough to continue and requires lots of practice.
The area where this does not work is cancer because the body does
not know the cancer is a problem. Thus the body get no signals that it
is being invaded. There are ways of doing imaging of the problem once
you know about it but again not a simple process. Often the signals and
symptoms are not clear.
The other difficulty as we all well know is when you have the
problem in some severe way you are in no mood to try to practice this.
I think it helps if you have somebody to help talk you thru the
One technique, I call "the little doctor" and it is a guided imagery
that takes your little doctor to the problem area. Let me know if you
want more details. Relaxation exercises may also help. I am a firm
advocate of visualization and with more knowledge of anatomy being able
to visualize the condition really helps.
I would be interested in others reaction to this and how it fits with the presence process.