Now, at age 47, I have other lower-body issues...the inside of my left knee is horribly painful today after I ran three days in a row for the first time in months. Super short runs too 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 1.5 miles. AND, I ran those runs 3 weeks ago; super sore when I first get up from sitting for a while. Had the same issue after ONE short run in September and had to take 4 MONTHS off before the pain went away, so I don't know if I've torn something, just need to stretch more or what.
Realistically, I'm just not a runner anymore. Kind of sad as I would love to be able to do it...even just short runs of 3 miles a day. I just can't though.
Going to be stuck with the elliptical and Power 90 and like workouts. Or maybe I'll just let myself go and swell to 300 pounds.
Sounds like osteoarthritis. Have you had it imaged?
I personally know 5 runners who are now former runners due to this. It ends lots of running "careers".