Hi, I'm Nathalie Hotte, your Chronic Pain Coach. Growing up I was always active, playing sports, getting into everything. Although I would easily sprain my ankles, hurt my shoulders, have sore elbows. By the time I was 17 my knee was so bad that I had surgery, 2 days before I turned 18!! Then that pain actually kept coming back. Never realizing it but it was mostly when I was under stress. Twice, in a year and half, I "sublocated" my shoulder as the doctors kept saying since they couldn't find what happened, but I was in so much pain I couldn't work.
Finally in my late 20s I had a doctor that started to connect the dots. Hmm I was in pain if I worked out, and I was in pain if I didn't work out and some relaxation would help lower my pain. He decided to send me to get some blood drawn to see for inflammation and sent me for what seemed to be full body x-rays. Everything came back negative, nothing seemed to be wrong as per all the testing. Therefore he sent me for some other scans, again all clear. That's when he started to hint towards fibromyalgia but didn't diagnose me himself as he wanted to see if there was anything else. He referred me to a rheumotalogist for either a diagnosis or further testing. I had my appointment within 2 months, which is fast to see any kind of specialist where I live. Within 20 minutes of being in his office, he had me fill out a questionnaire to see how long my symptoms had been present, which came back with a high score for FM and he did the pressure point test... I had 16 of the 18 points that were tender. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at 28, I tried the pharmaceuticals and lost who I was, I was emotional, stuck in bed most of the time, no energy or want to do anything. That's when I knew there had to be something else. I met with my doctor and he…