Did you get medical attention initially? Because of the pain, there might be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed by a doctor. If there is an infection or a bone chip, you should get it checked out.
Well, I wouldn't call 46 "old age"! It think it's time for a trip to the doctor to rule out anything serious. You might also ask for a physical therapist referral - a PT can help you do exercises to alleviate pain and problems as you age.
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