If it's that bad I'd suggest getting it checked out properly by a trustworthy doctor or physio. One possible cause is peroneal tendonitis, in which case a bit of rest plus massage of the peroneal muscles along the outside of the lower leg, right up to by the knee, might help. Another possible cause is stress fracture or at least stress reaction of the fifth metatarsal - in which case you need at least six weeks proper rest and supportive footwear to help it rest. Re. the gym, you're probably okay if you rest it for a few days and then go by the "if it hurts, stop," rule.
Good to hear it's improving - don't forget to keep resting it.
If you try massaging up the outside of your lower legs, both at the same time, is it more tender on the affected leg than on the other leg? If so, peroneal tendonitis is a definite possibility.
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