Just to let everybody know, I went on my first real run since this problem popped up last September yesterday. I only ran/jogged? half of the distance I did then, one lap around the local park track (0.6 miles) because my cardio is not where I would like it. It was at a 8:20 mile pace, which I'm happy with considering I haven't run since September. And no pain or inflammation of my knee at all. I didn't ice it afterwards, but I think I will in the future just to be safe.
I do get a little bit of pain on really cold or rainy days, and I've had a couple of very minor inflammations pop up, usually only for an afternoon.
I plan on getting it looked at someday and medical insurance is getting set up at work, so hopefully I won't be 50 before I make it to a doc.
We should all take ourselves seriously...and then crumple that image up and toss it out the window.