Neurology Los Angeles -  - Neurologist

Leon Barkodar, MD

Neurologist located in West Hills, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

Headache Specialist

Most headaches don't necessitate a visit to the doctor. However, if your headaches are frequent or severe, interfering in your quality of life, you should seek a medical evaluation from an experienced board-certified neurologist like Dr. Leon Barkodar. With two convenient Los Angeles-area locations in West Hills and Beverly Hills, Dr. Barkodar has helped countless patients attain on-going relief from frequent and severe headaches. Call Dr. Barkodar for a headache consultation, or book an appointment online.

Headaches Q & A

When should I see a neurologist for my headaches?

If your headaches are frequent or chronic, medical intervention is essential. Headaches should also always be evaluated by a medical professional if they are accompanied by other symptoms, including:

  • Nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
  • Confusion or a loss of consciousness
  • Blurry vision, or a loss of vision
  • A loss of control of part of your body or your speech
  • A stiff neck
  • A rash


Are there different types of headaches?

Yes. Headaches differ considerably and are classified by their specific symptoms. There are actually well over a hundred different types. However, the most common types are:

  • Migraines, which cause a deep and intense pulsing sensation and can last for days. Migraines are often accompanied by additional symptoms, such as flashing or shimmering lights, zigzag lines, blind spots, or stars. Migraines often have a genetic component.
  • Tension headaches, characterized by a dull, aching sensation all over your head, and may be accompanied by tenderness around the forehead, neck, or shoulders.
  • Cluster headaches that cause a severe burning and piercing pain.


How does Dr. Barkodar diagnose the cause of headaches?

Dr. Barkodar begins by taking a complete medical history, discussing your symptoms, and conducting a physical exam. This exam may include testing your vision, hearing, nerves, and mobility.

Blood tests or a urinalysis may be ordered to rule out infections that can cause headaches. Other possible diagnostic procedures include a computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or an electroencephalogram (EEG).


What treatment options does Dr. Barkodar offer for headaches?

Specific treatments depend on the type, cause, and frequency of your headaches. Whenever possible, preventive measures are recommended. These may entail dietary changes, lifestyle changes to reduce stress, avoiding headache triggers, vitamin supplements, and medication.

Insurance

We Will Work With You! If you do not see your plan listed or if you do not currently have insurance, please call the office, our staff will be happy to make alternative arrangements We accept most PPO plans.

Aetna
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Medicare
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Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
Providence Health Plans
Regal Medical Group
Tricare
United Healthcare
United Healthcare (Except Liberty and Community Plan)
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • "Dr. Barkodar cured my headaches! After years of suffering from daily headaches and seeing numerous doctors, I finally got relief from an individually tailored regimen"

    Anonymous
  • "I called Dr. Barkodar when I thought I might be having memory issues. He listened to me carefully & explained the differences between forgetfulness & something more"

    Anonymous
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    "A wonderful, patient, & positive doctor he is! He and his staff helped my son and I during a tragic time & his reassurance throughout the process help us immensely!"

    C.W.
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