Thanks all for your responses. The doc took x-rays (which showed no broken bones or fractures), and ordered MRI (which I'll take next Wed.). He's not sure if it's my "meniscus" or "ligament" tear. I'm really hoping it's not my meniscus though....actually a bit depressed about the whole idea. I CANNOT believe that just 7 months ago I couldn't get myself off the couch and today I'm "depressing" about not being able to run??? WTHey?
Anyhoot..the doc gave me a really strong pain med (hydrocodone), and it made me nauseus as as heck, dizzy and literally knocked me out all day yesterday through the night, and into this morning...I did NOT like it...I have a headache now and feel as if I died for a day! I'm kind of thinking the knee pain was better than dealing with the "drugged out" feeling of the pain med!
I've got my MRI on Wed..and my follow up with my ortho on Mon (May 2nd)...so I'll post the results here then. Thanks again for all the suggestions. I will definitely ask him about physical therapy...
Today...I will refocus my exercise plan to include some strength training as well. I must regroup...and get off the "feel sorry for myself" wagon!