Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

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.

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Life Care Planning

It is important for people to have a say about their medical care. Two of the most important choices you can make now are who would speak for you if you could not communicate, and what would you want that person to say? Life Care Planning helps you think through these important questions.


Now is the best time to plan for your future health care.

We all make decisions every day for our body, mind, and spirit. One part of preventive care is planning for an unexpected injury, future serious illness, or the end of life.  

While it may be uncomfortable to think about, many of us have gone through an end-of-life situation with someone close to us and learned how important it is to be prepared.   

We want to help you be as prepared as possible so your wishes are known and honored when it matters most. Preparing for your future health care is a gift not only to yourself, but also a gift to the people you love. 

What to Expect

We offer a step-by-step approach called Life Care Planning.

Our Life Care Planning service helps adult members start thinking about and planning for future health care needs.

Life Care Planning begins when you are well. You start by selecting someone to speak for you and talking about your wishes. The first step is called My Values: First Steps, which is for all adults. 

Life Care Planning continues throughout your lifetime because it is common to change goals and plans as your life changes. You should have additional conversations with your agent as you age or if you become seriously ill. The additional conversations are called My Choices: Next Steps and My Care: Advanced Steps

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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.

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