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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My Values: First Steps Life Care Planning [Read/Print full article]


Imagine you had a serious accident or stroke and were in a coma. Who would make medical decisions for you? What would you want that person to say?

While no one wants to think about having a serious accident or stroke, we know the unexpected happens. We encourage you to be as prepared as possible so your wishes are known when it matters most.

To make sure your care team follows your wishes, it is important to select someone you know and trust (a health care agent) to speak for you.

You can prepare that person by making and communicating health care decisions in advance.

To help you record these important decisions, we offer:

  • An online planning tool at
  • Life Care Planning classes at our medical centers.
  • Individual sessions with a trained facilitator. 
Additional References:

My Values Conversation

During the First Steps Life Care Planning process you will:

  • Choose a health care agent.
  • Identify and share your priorities and goals for future medical care.
  • Complete a written plan called an Advance Health Care Directive.

Because your health goals may change over time, your planning includes several steps that depend on your condition and stage of life.

The best time to start talking about your choices is when you feel well. You can continue talking about your choices, especially if they change, throughout your lifetime.

Now is the right time to begin planning for your future health care.

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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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