Galveston County Daily News, Jan. 28, 2007 By Margaret C. Barno "What is the matter with Marnie? I walk awkwardly, sideways, shuffling; my head is positioned differently, while my arms sway stiffly as I maneuver my way to where I'm going. In a word, I look twisted. People react differently. Some offer assistance. Many avoid my gaze. If you've wondered, but haven't asked, or don't know me, let me explain. In 1990, I was diagnosed with dystonia.  It is "a syndrome of sustained muscle contractions, frequently causing twisting and repetitive movements, or abnormal postures." It sounds painful, and it is.  We, residents of Galveston County, are very fortunate to have the University of Texas Medical Branch and its medical resources and personnel nearby. I returned to live on the island because it was among the first medical centers to utilize the implanted "pump" to disperse medications through the spinal fluid, monitored by staff of the pain management team. Subsequently, I also had denervation procedures done by UTMB's chair of neurosurgery, Haring Nauta, M.D., one of only four specialists in the country - yes, in all of the USA, trained in the Bertrand procedure of denervation.