David Provan (born 8 May 1956) is a Scottish former footballer. He played for the Kilmarnock and Celtic Football Clubs. He retired in 1987 after he began to suffer from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
Illness[edit | edit source]
After a bout of what appeared to be influenza in 1986, Provan never recovered, and was soon diagnosed with postviral fatigue syndrome and advised by his doctors to rest. His symptoms included muscle pain, chronic fatigue, depression, post-exertional malaise, and temperature sensitivity. Despite several attempts at rehabilitation, he eventually decided in the summer of 1987 to retire from playing football.
He later returned to work in the media as a pundit and co-commentator for Sky Sports. He has also written for the Scottish edition of News of the World, and currently writes for The Sun. He is still ill with ME, but although he can no longer run or play football, he is now able to go for walks and play golf.
Articles and interviews[edit | edit source]
- Sep 13, 2010, ME ruins lives... I’m glad it’s finally being recognised,The Scottish Sun
Learn more[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Clark, Graham (Dec 30, 1986), "Look back in anguish", Evening Times, p. 30, retrieved Nov 6, 2016
- Bolouri, Yvonne (Sep 13, 2010), "ME ruins lives... I'm glad it's finally being recognised", The Scottish Sun, retrieved Nov 6, 2016
- Paul, Ian (Jul 2, 1987), "Mixed feelings as Walker joins up and McClair signs off", The Glasgow Herald, p. 15, retrieved Nov 6, 2016
- Whitwell, Laurie (Feb 4, 2014), Provan was Sky's commentary choice for City vs Chelsea clash, but why did the former Celtic winger get the biggest game of the season?, Mail Online, retrieved Nov 6, 2016
Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.