March 8, 2019

Bright Spot in MRI Leads to Relief

UAMS Neurosurgery Patient Roland Pennington

UAMS Neurosurgery Patient Roland Pennington

Roland Pennington went from an active life of golfing, playing softball, working out several days a week and performing with a local band to barely being able to walk because of excruciating back pain.

After a frustrating series of visits to several doctors and MRI scans that showed no disk damage, he was at the end of his rope. A visit to the UAMS emergency room and a three-day hospital stay brought only temporary relief. The cure came during a follow-up visit with Dr. J.D. Day, a UAMS neurosurgeon, who found a previously unnoticed tiny bright white spot on an MRI.

Within a week, the benign cyst was removed, and he was home – pain-free.

“Dr. Day listened to my story. His willingness to listen helped diagnose the cause of my pain. His exceptional skill and sincere concern gave me my life back.”