Migraines

L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group

Jonathan Levin, MD

Pain Medicine located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

As many as 39 million people in the United States suffer from painful, recurring migraines. At L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles, experienced pain medicine specialist Jonathan Levin, MD, offers custom treatments that address migraine pain and help reduce your risk of further migraines. Whether you need to make lifestyle changes to prevent migraines or prescription medicine to treat them, Dr. Levin offers comprehensive on-site care that focuses on restoring your quality of life. Schedule a migraine consultation today using the online booking feature or by calling L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group.

Migraines Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a type of headache that causes intense, throbbing pain and can increase your sensitivity to sounds and light.

While the exact cause of migraines isn’t well understood, your genetic background could play a part. You’re more likely to experience migraines if your parents or siblings have them.

Other factors that can influence the occurrence of migraines include:

  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Hormone changes
  • Lack of quality sleep
  • Use of certain medications
  • Loud noises or strong smells

Some people develop migraines after eating certain foods or food additives, especially yeast, chocolate, and processed meats.

What are the symptoms of migraines?

For many people, migraines develop in phases. Some experience warning signs of an impending migraine, such as changes in mood. You could also see flashing lights or feel weak before a migraine begins.

Migraine headaches typically start out gradually, with pain increasing to a pulsing or throbbing sensation, often on just one side of your head. In addition to pain, you could also experience:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light, smells, and sound

Pain can become debilitating, making it difficult for you to work or go about your usual routine.

How are migraines diagnosed?

While Dr. Levin can determine if your pain relates to a migraine after a discussion of your symptoms, he will also do tests to ensure there are no underlying medical issues. Testing can include an MRI or a CT scan and blood work to rule out chronic health conditions.

Dr. Levin also discusses your family and personal medical history, your job, and your lifestyle to better understand the cause of your migraines.

How are migraines treated?

There is no long-term cure for migraines, but Dr. Levin creates a treatment plan focusing on managing migraine symptoms and reducing your risk of future migraines.

Initially, lifestyle changes to ensure you get quality sleep and eat a well-balanced diet are important in preventing migraines. Learning techniques to cope with stress can also be effective in reducing your risk of migraines.

Dr. Levin could recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications you can take to relieve pain. For those with chronic migraines, he could suggest injections of Botox®, a purified form of botulinum toxin. 

Commonly used to treat deep-set brow creases and crow’s feet, Botox can also prevent pain by temporarily paralyzing the muscles responsible for migraines.

You don’t have to miss out on life because of migraines. Schedule a consultation today by calling L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group or book an appointment online now.