... diagnosed with bulging discs from L3- S1, arthritis in my back as well as nerve problems from bulging discs. i have taken hydrocodon 5-500 and didn't like the side affects mood swings. I went to a pain management doc on 5/26/11 and got ultram 50mg .I have only taken 17 and was told to stop because they didn't do anything for pain and caused me to feel depressed and very tired. I have taken lyrica 150mg 2x a day and am using lidocaine patch . I am getting a cortisone shot on 6/6/11 . Has this helped anyone and for how long? What pain meds have helped anyone ? If this doesn't work what is the next step? Thanks to all for any answers