I appreciate the input, gentlemen. I much prefer the idea of curing the problem naturaly, as apposed to the intrusive method of being cut on.

I know my problem is not gout, because I've had that problem too (the Okinawan diet is not as healthy as it used to be...way too much luncheon meats).

The most likely culprit is a past injury that I never bothered to have looked at... I'm stupid in that respect. I hate hospitals (full of sick people, don't you know!) and prefer to avoid them at all costs (usually the cost is my own health).
Again, I appreciate the input. Take care and keep training.
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