I am age 63 recently retired, a keen runner, keep myself fit. Having never had any problems of this kind before, about 2 months ago I started having some discomfort in my hip; went to local surgery's physio, had x-ray taken and advised of mild osteo arthritis with some reduced space in right hip. Told it was moderate and could reasonably expect it to come and go albeit long-term deterioration. However, this has since deteriorated steadily and significantly to the extent that within a couple of weeks I was (and remain) unable to run without pain, and quite often walking with a limp (although I try hard not to in case that then leads to other issues). Physio gave me some exercises to do around stretching flexibility but they seem to have no impact as yet. Do I have to accept that I have to give up running or can I reasonably expect some periods of improvement. I have not tried taking ibuprofen or similar as the discomfort feels more chronic than acute... would welcome any input and hopefully some encouragement that the big hobby of my life (and source of all my friends) is still attainable!