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Neurology Los Angeles

Leon Barkodar, MD CA

Neurologist located in West Hills, CA

Dr. Leon Barkodar is a headache specialist. If your headaches are frequent or severe, or if they interfere in your quality of life, you should seek a medical evaluation from an experienced board-certified neurologist. Dr. Barkodar has helped countless patients attain on-going relief from frequent and severe headaches. These include migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, cervicogenic headaches, headaches from tumors (very rare!) and many more. We offer tailored headache treatments including everything from all-natural treatments to Botox injections. Call Dr. Barkodar for your personalized headache evaluation and treatment.

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.

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