The doctor, Dr. Chia, is an infectious disease specialist/internal medicine doctor in Southern California. What is really ironic is that our pediatrician (a close friend of ours) has been working with him, helping him gather information for his research and referring her ill patients to him when she would suspect CFS. Our youngest daughter, 15 years old now, got really ill last August with what our pediatrician suspected was an enterovirus. It was at that time she told us about Dr. Chia, CFS and the research. She was at the point where she was going to refer our youngest to Dr. Chia and prepared us for the worst possible scenario for our daughter. Thank God it never got to that point but it took her over a month to recover and she still has some "residual" symptoms. She couldn't participate fully in PE for several months. It makes me wonder now how she might do in the future. I know it manifests itself different in every person and the symptoms can come and go. I think his whole idea of being genetically predisposed to not being able to fight off these viruses is right on. My sister, all three of my daughters and I all have many of the same symptoms.
Anyway, my 20-year-old who was diagnosed yesterday, also saw the same pediatrician but about three years ago switched over to our primary care doctor who is also helping Dr. Chia! Our family practice doctor started noticing a pattern with my daughter. Dr. Chia did a seminar at our local hospital, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, where our doctor was the moderator, on CFS and his research. Our doctor recommended we view the tape that was made of the seminar. My daughter was ill at the time we viewed the tape and she was so fatigued that she couldn't even stay awake to see the whole tape! When he started talking about extreme fatigue, I looked over and she was sound asleep at 3:00 in the afternoon! We went back to our doctor and requested a referral to see Dr. Chia and that's what got the ball rolling. So that's the story of how we came to find him. We are so blessed to have found such wonderful physicians.
I'll let you know how the guaifenisin works for her. Take care! How is your little boy doing? And you?