Neurology Los Angeles -  - Neurologist

Leon Barkodar, MD

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

Migraine Specialist

From the offices at Neurology Los Angeles in Beverly Hills and West Hills, California, Dr. Leon Barkodar works with patients to fully analyze the symptoms of migraines that they are experiencing, then work to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a severe, intense headache accompanied by throbbing in the temples, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Patients can experience them intermittently or suffer with them regularly for many years. A migraine is a chronic illness, but can be managed with careful treatment and preventative medicine. A warning sign known as an “aura” may occur before or at the same time as a migraine. Auras are symptoms of the nervous system. They are usually visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or wavy, zigzag vision. These can include flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling on one side of the face or in your arm or leg.  

What triggers can activate migraines?

Migraines may be caused for a number of reasons. Though migraine causes aren't fully understood, genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role. Some of the triggers which can make the headaches more likely to occur include:

  • Alcohol
  • Weather changes
  • Lack of sleep
  • Schedule changes
  • Dehydration
  • Hunger
  • Certain foods
  • Strong smells
  • Teeth grinding at night
  • Menstruation

Migraines can often go undiagnosed and left untreated. If you regularly experience signs and symptoms of migraine attacks, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your headaches.

How are migraines treated?

At Neurology Los Angeles, help patients with frequent migraines by using the most advanced treatments available. The neurologists will diagnose your migraine based on your medical history, symptoms, and a physical and neurological examination. Migraines that are severe, frequent, or accompanied by neurological symptoms are best treated with preventative measures. This type of treatment usually involves a combination of dietary changes, lifestyle changes, vitamin supplementation, and daily prescription medications. Preventive medications can reduce the frequency, severity and length of migraines. Most migraines typically last a few hours to a couple of days and respond well to specific treatments.

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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Blue Shield
Cigna
Health Net
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Medicare
Medicare Advantage
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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