Patient stories about Neurology

Essential Tremor Patient Says Surgery was Life-Changing

Aug. 13, 2018 | Kimberly Zimmer stretches her arms out in front of her and smiles. The 50-year-old is showing off how steady her hands are. “Never in my life have I been able to hold my hands that still,” she said. Zimmer had been diagnosed with essential tremor as a child. Fellow students bullied [...]

By | 2018-08-13T11:14:04+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Featured, Neurology, Surgery, UAMS News|0 Comments

Patient’s Dramatic Improvement Highlights New MS Treatment Options

July 5, 2017 | Two years ago, Josh Martin wouldn’t have believed he could walk down the aisle at his own wedding. Or easily navigate his classroom as an elementary school music teacher. Or play disc golf with his friends. Martin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006, when he was a junior in high [...]

By | 2017-07-05T10:30:28+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Featured, Medical News, Neurology, Patient Stories|0 Comments

First Time in US: Patient Treated in Trial Using Virus on Brain Tumor

Nov. 15, 2016 | Beth Rogers might have been the first person in the United States to be treated as part of a clinical trial that included the injection of a virus into her brain tumor in combination with immunotherapy treatments – but the Hazen resident said she had no fear. “I’ve got so much [...]

Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Cabot Man

In the neurology clinic at the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute of the UAMS, Dr. W. Steven Metzer performed the initial programming of Tommy Rickman’s deep brain stimulator. “There are four little electrodes down in your brain,” explained Dr. Metzer, a neurologist. “I’m trying to find the best one,” he said. He plugged in [...]

By | 2015-08-14T16:47:38+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Neurology|0 Comments

Five Bentonville Stroke Patients Receive Clot Buster

Rhonda Smith’s stroke was about as severe as they come. Her chance for survival was slim without immediate access to a stroke neurologist who could correctly diagnose her type of stroke so she could receive a powerful clot-dissolving drug. Randy Snoderly, Wilma Parsons and Rhonda Smith are three of the five stroke patients treated [...]

By | 2015-08-14T14:49:10+00:00 August 13th, 2015|Neurology|0 Comments

Siblings Face Challenges With Multiple Sclerosis

Siblings Bryan Clay and Ambra Jackson enjoy playing cards and spending time together. Brother and sister Ambra Jackson and Bryan Clay share more than just the normal sibling bonds. They also share the challenges that come with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Jackson first noticed a problem in 2001 when she began [...]

By | 2017-01-28T09:44:04+00:00 August 12th, 2015|Neurology|0 Comments

UAMS Telemedicine Stroke Program Saves Mena Woman UAMS telemedicine treatment for Iva Sikes, visiting with her granddaughter Tyra Hobson, meant a complete recovery from a major stroke. Photo courtesy of Arkansas Democrat Gazette While suffering a major stroke at her home near Mena, Iva Sikes assumed the worst, not knowing that a UAMS-led telemedicine program would provide her a [...]

By | 2017-01-28T09:44:06+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Neurology|0 Comments

Brain Surgery: Hope for a Bright Future

Frank Williams appeared to be the picture of good health. An avid golfer, Williams also enjoyed bicycling and weight lifting. And at only 46 he showed no signs of slowing down. However, that very same night, Williams' life took an unexpected turn. While getting ready for bed, he experienced a seizure and lost consciousness. His [...]

By | 2017-01-28T09:44:06+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Neurology|0 Comments

Brain Surgery Brings New Lease on Life

When Mary Grace Brockinton, of North Little Rock, went to her primary care doctor for severe headaches, she never imagined that a month later she would be having brain surgery. At age 24, Brockinton was enjoying life with her family and friends. In September 2013, she began to have headaches. The headaches were severe and [...]

By | 2015-08-17T08:59:48+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Neurology|0 Comments