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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Jeremy Swartzberg, MD

Hospital Medicine

Welcome to My Doctor Online, a web site that my colleagues and I developed to make it easier for you to take care of your healthcare needs. On this site you will find answers to many of your questions about my clinical practice. Also included are several online features that will allow you to e-mail me, check your laboratory results and refill prescriptions. I hope you find its content informative and useful.

My Offices

Oakland Medical Center
Appt/Advice: 510-752-1190

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Health Tools and Classes

My colleagues and I are proud to offer you an array of trusted and convenient resources that support your health and your health care experience at Kaiser Permanente. Explore these tools and classes at times and places that work for you and your family.

Classes and Coaching

Take control with health and wellness classes, individual counseling and support group resources.

Interactive Programs

Learn more about your health with these self-directed programs, animated guides and easy-to-use calculators.

Podcasts

Listen to health tips, advice, and guided imagery audio programs.

Videos

Tune in to these videos and watch your health improve.

Prepare for Your Procedure - Emmi

Understand what will happen before, during and after a medical procedure with these interactive programs.

Living Healthy

Change your habits and embrace a healthy lifestyle for life.

Classes and Coaching

Topic Tools
Healthy Living East Bay Health Resources and Programs East Bay Health Resources and Programs
Healthy Living Search our database to find convenient, comprehensive health and wellness classes, individual counseling and support group resources, self-help kits and our healthy living stores. Health Classes
Healthy Living Learn how wellness coaches can help you create a plan for reaching your health goals. Wellness Coaching

Interactive Programs

Topic Tools
Chronic Conditions Your ongoing health condition can be managed with various self-management tools. Manage chronic conditions with Care™ for Your Health
Diabetes Care™ for Diabetes is customized specifically for you. The program will assess your daily routine and general health, then give you ways to manage diabetes more effectively. Manage diabetes with Care™ for Diabetes
Heart Conditions Provides tips on how to prepare meals with less salt. Covers how to check a food label for sodium and which foods to avoid when you live with heart failure. (3 minutes) Heart Failure: Be salt smart (Emmi)
Heart Conditions Describes heart failure, how to live with it, and how best to manage it each day. (24 minutes) Heart Failure: Overview (Emmi)
Heart Conditions Describes importance of getting rest and light exercise to keep your heart strong. Explains why it’s important to check your blood pressure (BP) at home. (2 minutes) Heart Failure: Rest, Exercise and BP (Emmi)
Heart Conditions Reviews how to weigh yourself daily, track changes, and when to seek help. Explains how daily weights catch problems with heart failure early. (3 minutes) Heart Failure: Tracking Daily Weights (Emmi)
Heart Conditions Explains how extra fluid in the body makes the heart work harder and how water pills (diuretics) help get rid of extra fluid. (3 minutes) Heart Failure: Water Pills (diuretics) and Fluids (Emmi)
Heart Conditions Explains why it's important to make and keep regular doctor appointments. Provides tips to manage your medications, encourages you to get a flu shot each year. (3 minutes) Heart Failure: Working with Your Doctor (Emmi)
Pain Management Examine how chronic pain affects your life and learn ways to manage it. Manage pain with Care™ for Pain
Smoking Did you know there are medicines that can help you quit tobacco? We offer many options, including nicotine replacement medicines, non-nicotine medicines, and combination medicines. Our animated online program will help you learn more about which medication might be right for you, how to manage withdrawal symptoms, and how to succeed in quitting tobacco for good. Quit Tobacco Medications
Smoking HealthMedia® Breathe™ is an online program that helps give you a complete look at why it's hard to quit smoking and supports your motivation to give up the habit. Quit smoking with Breathe™
Stress This interactive questionnaire generates a customized action plan that shows you successful ways to reduce stress. Reduce stress with Relax™
Weight, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Interactive program to create a nutrition plan that’s custom-made for your lifestyle, with personalized strategies for making smart, satisfying food choices that can improve your health and well-being. Eat Healthy with Nourish

Podcasts

Topic Tools
Heart Health Reduce stress and cultivate a sense of peace and gratitude. Healthy Heart
Heart Health Listen as Dr. Eleanor Levin counters common myths about women and heart disease, and shares how women can reduce their risk. (7 minutes) Women and Heart Disease
Mental Health Learn about healthier approaches to anger management and Kaiser Permanente programs which are available to you, including classes and counseling. Anger Management: Choose to Make the Journey
Pain Management This guided imagery program is designed for people who want help in managing pain. By encouraging relaxation when you are in physical or emotional pain, refocusing the mind, and marshalling brain chemicals that elevate mood, this audio program helps minimize or even transform pain. (3 Tracks) Ease Pain
Stress This guided imagery program uses 4 exercises to help you master stress and relieve anxiety. The exercises are designed to encourage feelings of love, safety and protection. The program includes a soothing, walking meditation as well as affirmations to use any time. It integrates simple breathing techniques along with the images. (4 Tracks) Relieve Stress Podcast
Stress Using a combination of relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and music, this program helps you manage stress and other symptoms due to chronic pain or other chronic conditions. (5 part series) Stress Management for Medical Conditions
Stress (Spanish) Listen to Guided Imagery with relaxation exercises to help reduce stress and lessen anxiety before and during surgery. (5 tracks) Técnicas de relajación para enfermedades crónicas
Surgery Listen to Guided Imagery to reduce anxiety before surgery and assist in healing. (5 Tracks) Relaxation podcast: Successful Surgery

Videos

Topic Tools
Healthy How To How insulin helps patients manage diabetes How Insulin Helps Patients Manage Diabetes
Healthy How To How to inject insulin to keep healthy and prevent diabetes complications. Insulin for Diabetes
Healthy How To Step-by-step instructions on using this tool to exercise your lungs during or prior to your hospital stay. Learn to Use an Incentive Spirometer
Healthy How To (Spanish) Cómo la insulina ayuda a manejar la diabetes Cómo la insulina ayuda a manejar la diabetes
Healthy How To (Spanish) Como usar la insulina puede ayudar a mantenerse sano y prevenir problemas. Insulina para la diabetes
Heart Health The benefits of controlling your blood pressure; reviews the most important changes to lower your blood pressure and improve your health. Get Serious About Controlling Your Blood Pressure
Heart Health Important lab tests necessary to monitor medications and reduce risk for stroke and heart attack; includes lifestyle changes to reduce your risk. Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention
Heart Health Learn to control high blood pressure through diet, physical exercise and lifestyle changes; instructions on using a home blood pressure monitor. Lower Your High Blood Pressure with Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Prediabetes These videos focus on five important health topics that speak to the unique health care needs of the Latino community as well as two of the greatest health risks to Latinos today: diabetes and obesity. (5 Tracks) Choose Health
Senior Health Find out how to prevent falls and how to make your home safer. Preventing Falls
Skilled Nursing Care Learn more about rehabilitation and long term care at a skilled nursing facility (SNF). (11 minutes) Skilled Nursing Facility - Taking the Next Step in Recovery

Prepare for Your Procedure - Emmi

Topic Tools
Anesthesia What to expect when getting anesthesia for pain during a surgery; covers general, spinal and epidural anesthesia; explains moderate sedation. (20 minutes) Anesthesia for an Adult (Emmi)
Anesthesia Learn about this type of anesthesia to control pain during and after surgery. This anesthesia can be given as a single injection or a continuous block. Covers how a nerve block works, nerve block placement and risks and benefits of the procedure. (15 minutes) Peripheral Nerve Block (Emmi)
Blood Transfusion Learn why blood transfusions may be needed, types of blood transfusions and how they are done. Answers common questions about transfusions. Covers the risks and benefits. (20 min) Blood Transfusion (Emmi)
Cancer Treatment Covers the basics of getting chemotherapy to treat cancer, including life during treatment, side effects, and common concerns. (25 minutes) Chemotherapy (Emmi)
Cancer Treatment Covers the basics of getting external-beam radiation therapy, including life during treatment and side effects. (25 minutes) Radiation Therapy (Emmi)
Gallbladder Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to remove the gallbladder through small incisions. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic (Emmi)
Gastroenterology Exams What to expect before, during and after a procedure to examine the inside of the colon and remove small polyps, if necessary. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Colonoscopy (Emmi)
Gastroenterology Exams What to expect before, during and after a procedure that uses a small tube to look for, and possibly treat, problems in your upper digestive system. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Upper GI Endoscopy (Emmi)
Gastroenterology Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to clear a blocked bile duct or pancreatic duct. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) ERCP (Emmi)
Heart Conditions Understanding treatment options for irregular heart beat, also known as AFib. Covers risks and benefits of medication and surgery. (20 minutes) Atrial Fibrillation (Emmi)
Heart Implanted Devices What to expect before, during and after surgery to implant a pacemaker device to the heart. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Cardiac Pacemaker (Emmi)
Heart Implanted Devices What to expect before, during and after this procedure to place a CRT-D defibrillator in the chest. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) DEFIB (Cardiac Resynchroniziation Therapy Defibrillator) (Emmi)
Heart Implanted Devices What to expect before, during and after this procedure to place an ICD defibrillator in the chest. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) DEFIB (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrilator) (Emmi)
Heart Procedures What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat irregular heartbeat. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Catheter Ablation for AFib (Emmi)
Heart Procedures What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat a racing heartbeat. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Catheter Ablation for SVT (Emmi)
Heart Valve Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to replace a valve to the heart. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Aortic Valve Replacement (Emmi)
Heart Valve Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to repair or replace a heart valve. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery (30 minutes) Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement (Emmi)
Heart and Artery Surgery What to expect before, during and after a procedure to discover if blood vessels to the heart are blocked or narrowed and to possibly treat any blockages. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (30 minutes) Angiogram with Possible Angioplasty (Emmi)
Heart and Artery Surgery What to expect before, during and after a surgery to unblock arteries in the neck. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Carotid Endarterectomy (Emmi)
Heart and Artery Surgery What to expect before, during and after this surgery to improve blood flow to the heart. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Coronary Bypass Surgery (CABG) (Emmi)
Hip Surgery What to expect before, during, and after surgery to place a hip implant. Covers risks and benefits, and tips for enhanced recovery. (20 minutes) Total Hip Replacement (Emmi)
Hospital Stay How to follow your discharge instructions after you leave the hospital for enhanced recovery. What to expect when you go home including how to take new medications and when to call your doctor. (5 minutes) After Your Hospital Visit (Emmi)
Hospital Stay Covers ways you can keep yourself safe before, during and after your visit to the hospital or clinic. (15 minutes) Patient Safety (Emmi)
Hospital Stay Information about staying in the hospital. Covers good communication, medications, and how to manage your pain. (10 minutes) What to Expect During Your Hospital Stay (Emmi)
Knee Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to place a knee implant. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Total Knee Replacement (Emmi)
Medications What to expect when taking Warfarin (Coumadin), a medication to prevent blood clots. How to manage and monitor your medication and what can affect your dosage level. (25 mins) Taking Warfarin (Coumadin®) (Emmi)
Pain Management Explains the purpose of treating chronic pain using opioids. Includes the types of pain and different opioids, side effects and risks of taking opioids for chronic pain, and how to use opioids safely at home. Managing Pain at Home, Chronic Opioid Safety (Emmi)
Pain Management Explains the purpose of an opioid agreement and what it contains. Also includes how to set goals for pain management and what is expected for routine drug testing. Managing Pain at Home, Opioid Agreement for Chronic Pain (Emmi)
Pain Management Understand how pain is typically managed during a hospital stay. Explains the pain scale and how to communicate your pain to the health care team for enhanced recovery. (25 minutes) Managing Pain in the Hospital (Emmi)
Pain Management Covers causes of pain, how pain management therapies work, and how pain will be treated while in the hospital. Includes how to communicate with the health care team about pain and setting expectations. Managing Pain in the Hospital, Explaining Your Pain (Emmi)
Pain Management Covers how pain is managed in the hospital and the risks and benefits of using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain management therapy. Managing Pain in the Hospital, NSAIDs (Emmi)
Pain Management Covers how pain is managed in the hospital and the risks and benefits of using opioid medications for pain management therapy. Managing Pain in the Hospital, Opioids (Emmi)
Pain Management Covers how pain is managed in the hospital and how pain can be treated without the use of medication. Managing Pain in the Hospital, Other Ways (Emmi)
Pain Management Covers how pain is managed in the hospital and the risks and benefits of using local anesthetics and regional blocks for pain management therapy. Managing Pain in the Hospital, Regional Blocks (Emmi)
Pain Management Understand how a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA or pain pump) works and how it may be used during a hospital stay. Explains the pain scale and how to communicate your pain to the health care team. (15 minutes) Pain Pump (PCA) (Emmi)
Prostate Surgery What to expect before, during and after surgery to treat an enlarged prostate gland (benign prostatitic hyperplasia, or BPH). Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Transurethral Resection or Ablation of the Prostate (Emmi)
Sleep Disorder Explains obstructive sleep apnea, testing for this condition, and treatment options that exist. (20 minutes) Sleep Apnea (Emmi)
Sleep Disorder Getting started with a nighttime breathing device for sleep apnea; finding the right mask for you and getting adjusted to it. Covers benefits, alternatives, and troubleshooting. (20 minutes) Using a CPAP for Sleep Apnea (Emmi)
Throat and Lung Exam What to expect before, during and after a procedure to look inside your lungs with a small camera and possibly treat any condition that is found. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (25 minutes) Bronchoscopy (Emmi)
Venous Access Port What to expect before, during and after this procedure to make it easier to get medicine into your body. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Jugular Venous Access Port (Emmi)
Venous Access Port What to expect before, during and after surgery to implant a small entry point near the collarbone for putting medicine into your bloodstream. Covers risks and benefits, and tips on recovery. (20 minutes) Subclavian Venous Access Port (Emmi)

Living Healthy

Topic Tools
Cold and Flu This Cold and Flu site was created to provide you helpful tips, tools and information to help get you through the season in good health. Cold, Flu and Cough
Healthy Living Search our database to find convenient, comprehensive health and wellness classes, individual counseling and support group resources, self-help kits and our healthy living stores. Health Classes
Healthy Living Learn how wellness coaches can help you create a plan for reaching your health goals. Wellness Coaching
Mental Health Need help reducing stress during the holidays? This podcast explores how holidays stress can sometimes trigger depression. Find ways to manage stress, stay healthy, and enjoy the holidays. (13 minutes) Holiday Depression
Prediabetes These videos focus on five important health topics that speak to the unique health care needs of the Latino community as well as two of the greatest health risks to Latinos today: diabetes and obesity. (5 Tracks) Choose Health
Prediabetes Learn about prediabetes with videos, classes or online tutorials. Track your progress and connect with others for support. Talk to a personal Wellness Coach to plan next steps. Prediabetes: A Healthy Game Plan
Prediabetes (Spanish) Estos vídeos se enfocan en cinco temas importantes sobre las necesidades únicas de la salud en la comunidad latina, así como dos de los mayores riesgos de la salud para los latinos hoy en día: la diabetes y la obesidad. (5 vídeos) Escoge la salud
Skin Dr. William Lide, Dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente discusses how to protect your skin from the sun, while enjoying the great outdoors. (9 minutes) Sun Protection
Sleep This guided imagery program creates an atmosphere of protection and safety using images that are evocative enough to successfully replace the brain chatter that keeps us awake. Recorded music draws mind, body and spirit down into deep, restful sleep. (3 Tracks) Healthful Sleep Podcast
Smoking Did you know there are medicines that can help you quit tobacco? We offer many options, including nicotine replacement medicines, non-nicotine medicines, and combination medicines. Our animated online program will help you learn more about which medication might be right for you, how to manage withdrawal symptoms, and how to succeed in quitting tobacco for good. Quit Tobacco Medications
Smoking HealthMedia® Breathe™ is an online program that helps give you a complete look at why it's hard to quit smoking and supports your motivation to give up the habit. Quit smoking with Breathe™
Stress This interactive questionnaire generates a customized action plan that shows you successful ways to reduce stress. Reduce stress with Relax™
Stress When you are feeling stressed, this program can help you relax and bring about a feeling of calm. Relaxation and Wellness
Stress This guided imagery program uses 4 exercises to help you master stress and relieve anxiety. The exercises are designed to encourage feelings of love, safety and protection. The program includes a soothing, walking meditation as well as affirmations to use any time. It integrates simple breathing techniques along with the images. (4 Tracks) Relieve Stress Podcast
Stress Kaiser Permanente surgeon Dr. Todd Dray discusses ways to identify stress and how it affects your daily life, and then outlines steps you can take today to reduce stress. (12 minutes) Stress Management
Stress Using a combination of relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and music, this program helps you manage stress and other symptoms due to chronic pain or other chronic conditions. (5 part series) Stress Management for Medical Conditions
Stress This tool will help you determine your stress level based on the number of life changes you have had recently. What is Your Stress Level?
Weight, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Use this Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator to quickly learn if you are at a healthy weight for your height. BMI Calculator
Weight, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy to improve your health. Find resources to help you reach your goals. Eat Well, Be Active, Live Better
Weight, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Created for busy parents striving to provide healthy meals for their families, these three videos offer practical tips for shopping, cooking and preparing snacks. (3 videos) Healthy Tips for Families: Shopping, Cooking and Snacking
Women's Health Dr. Tracy Flanagan describes why cervical cancer screening is an important part of maintaining your health. Learn about what to expect during your Pap test appointment. (2 minutes) Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Lives
Women's Health (Spanish) La Dra. Janet Wiese describe por qué las pruebas de detección de cáncer de cuello de útero son importantes para conservar la salud. Conozca qué sucede durante la cita para la prueba de Papanicolaou. La detección del cáncer de cuello del útero salva vidas
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