Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
It's important to understand that when you become sexually active, you can be at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Some STDs are easily treated with no long-term effects, while others can be carried for life or cause serious or life-threatening diseases.
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that can spread through sexual contact. It can infect the genital tract, urethra, anus, and throat in both men and women.
It is important to understand that when you become sexually active, you can be at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). This is true for all forms of sexual activity such as oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse.
Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by bacteria and viruses that are passed between partners during sexual activity. Some STDs are easily treated with no long-term effects, while others can be carried for life or cause serious or life-threatening diseases.
Except for not having sex (abstinence), there is no sure way to avoid contracting an STD. You can reduce your risk of getting STDs by:
If you are sexually active and younger than 25, we recommend you come in once a year to be screened for STDs.
If you become infected with gonorrhea, you may develop symptoms several days after you have sex with an infected partner. Symptoms of a genital gonorrhea infection include:
A sore throat can be a symptom of oral gonorrhea infection. Rectal pain, itching, or discharge can be symptoms of anal gonorrhea. However, some people do not develop any symptoms, so you may have gonorrhea and not know it.
In men, symptoms are usually obvious enough that they will cause a man to seek medical attention before complications occur. In women, the early symptoms are sometimes so mild that they are mistaken for a bladder infection or vaginal infection.
If you are experiencing these symptoms or if you are concerned, contact us. If you come in for an appointment, we may:
Like many other STDs, gonorrhea is spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. You can prevent gonorrheal infection by avoiding contact with an infected or high-risk partner and using latex condoms.
Talk openly and honestly with your partner about your risk for STDs and the importance of safe sex. Remember that a person can be infected with an STD without knowing it. Be clear about what you will and will not do sexually, and respect what your partner will and will not do. Decide together what is right for both of you.
The only certain way to prevent getting an STD is to abstain from sex. If you do choose to have sex, using condoms correctly and consistently is the best way you can protect yourself.
Unfortunately, abusive relationships are common. Abuse can include pressuring or forcing you to have sex, or refusing to use a condom to protect against pregnancy or STDs. If you think you are being abused, you can get help by talking to us or you can:
If you have gonorrhea, it is important to be treated. Remember, not all people with gonorrhea have symptoms. The good news is that, once diagnosed, gonorrhea is usually easily cured.
If you do not get treated, gonorrhea can spread into the blood and cause joint pain, skin sores, or heart damage. You can also give gonorrhea to others if you are infected.
If you are an infected woman:
If you are pregnant and you have gonorrhea, you are at a higher risk for:
If you have gonorrhea when you give birth, your newborn can be infected. You can pass the bacteria to your baby during birth. This could cause an infection in your baby's eyes, joints, or skin. Antibiotics can be an effective treatment, but it is best if you are treated before you give birth.
Gonorrhea can be cured with several different antibiotics. If you are given pills, it is very important to take all of them. If you do not take all the pills, the symptoms may go away, but you may still have the infection.
If you are worried about being exposed to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) like gonorrhea and:
It is important to be tested for STDs, even if you do not think you are at risk.
You can connect with me in a variety of ways, depending on the situation and what is most convenient for you at the time. I am available online, by telephone, or in person.
Having all of our Kaiser Permanente departments located together or nearby, including pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, and health education, makes getting your care easier for you.
Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system, which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your care to stay current on your health status and to collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments as needed. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you, and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.
If refills are needed in the future, you can:
For lab tests, I will use our electronic medical record system to send the requisition to the Kaiser Permanente laboratory of your choice. For imaging procedures, we will schedule an appointment with the radiology department. When the results are ready, I will contact you with your results by letter, secure e-mail message, or phone. In addition, you can view most of your laboratory results online, along with any comments that I have attached to explain them.
My specialty colleagues are readily available to assist me if I need additional advice about your condition. In some cases, I may contact them during your visit, so we can discuss your care together. If we decide you need a specialty appointment after that discussion, we can often schedule it the same day or soon thereafter.
As part of our commitment to prevention, additional members of our health care team may contact you to come in for a visit or test. We will contact you if you are overdue for cancer screenings or conditions which may require monitoring.
As your personal physician, I have a goal to provide high-quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
My Doctor Online is available 24/7 so that you can access and manage your care where and when it is most convenient. From my home page you can:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.