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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When you have a serious illness, such as cancer, heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or kidney disease, you face many health care decisions.

Some of the most important decisions you make are the type of medical treatments you want or don’t want if you have a severe complication from your illness.

The best time to think about your treatment options is before a serious complication happens. 

If you or a loved one is living with a serious illness, we encourage you to participate in our Life Care Planning service called My Choices: Next Steps. During a My Choices conversation, we talk with you and your chosen health care agent about your illness and help identify your priorities for living well.

My Choices Conversation

During a Next Steps Life Care Planning conversation, we encourage you to think about your health care. You will discuss what type of treatment you want if you have a serious event, such as a heart attack or stroke.  

It is important for your health care agent to join you for these conversations. This way, your agent can confidently communicate on your behalf if you have a medical emergency in the future and are unable to speak for yourself.   

You may feel relieved to have an open, caring conversation that allows you to explore your personal beliefs and create goals for future care. 

What to Expect

During a Next Steps conversation, you, your chosen agent, and a specially trained Kaiser Permanente provider (facilitator) discuss your wishes.

Together we discuss:

  • What you know about your illness and its possible complications.
  • What living well means to you.
  • Any fears you have.
  • Your hopes for your medical care.

We offer you support to help you make informed choices about the type of medical care you do and do not want if you develop a serious complication.

Once we know your wishes, we will make sure your decisions are placed in your medical record.

In addition, we encourage you to talk about your wishes and choices with your health care agent, loved ones, and clinicians.

Your Next Step

If you are interested in My Choices: Next Steps, talk with your doctor or care manager. 

When appropriate, one of our facilitators arranges to meet with you and your health care agent. Often facilitators are social workers or nurses.  The My Choices: Next Steps appointment generally lasts about 90 minutes.

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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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