I'm new here so be gentle - I'm a 68yr old retired Army/Vietnam Vet. Back on 7 Dec, 2013 I woke up to find that I could not maintain my balance. All that day it appeared as if I were drunk. I still have that problem to this day, I have no dizziness nor do I have vertigo. My VA Neurologist has put me through at least 5 different drugs, physical therapy on a 'Balance Master', CT Scans and a Brain MRI. All of which even though the say 'Abnormality Noted he says they're normal. To compound all of this about two years ago I started having this problem where if I held my head straight and moved only my eyes to the right it would feel as if they were going to snap back center and I'd hear a 'grating' sound in my head. This would not happen if I'd move my eyes to the left. A little over a year ago, in Feb of 2016 I got a headache, it has never gone away. It's not a migraine as I'm not affected by light, noise or other things my wife told me used to affect her when she used to get them. It just varies between a pain level of 3-7 and it's there when I get up, when I go to bed and if I get up during the night it's there. Now for the strangest symptom of all. About 5wks ago I started involuntarily stomping my feet while standing in one spot. I my be washing dishes, shaving, showering or whatever as long as I'm standing in one spot it will happen. It will be like LR-LR-LR-LR like I'm in the Army still marching in place. It may last a second or two or sometimes 15-20 seconds it seems. I've even noticed that sometimes I'll start to turn in place.
The VA has given up on me as of last December so under the Veterans Choice programs they sent me to a civilian neurologist. He was so terrible that he didn't even look at the records I provided because it would have been a waste of his time he said if I hadn't shown up for my appointment and also he said the VA records are worthless because they're nothing but a bunch of run-on sentences. I'm waiting for an appointment with another neurologist sometime next month through the program. In the meantime I've got an appointment with a neurologist who did my back surgery a few years back however I consider this a stopgap measure since he's not in the Veterans Choice program and even though he takes Medicare I really don't want to be stuck with a large bill.
I'd appreciate if anyone could give me some advice.