Gracie--I'm with the stick it out crowd. Maybe the pain member won't be re-elected! You really want that health insurance given how the govt. is playing with Medicare these days. And why should one pain drive you out of a job you like otherwise--don't give 'em the satisfaction!
Unk--my SO had the IT band problem--a very common runner's injury apparently. The PT exercises involved some very weird looking twists let me tell you--pretzel city. The goal being to stretch things out. It can be a recurrent thing, especially if you go back too soon.