I was taking tramadol for five years. I took 300 mg daily. It made me calm, patient, and it kept my back from hurting all the time. BUT... after five years, I felt so dependent on it, it was depressing to me. I was tired. I wasn't motivated to do much of anything except get through the day peacefully and SLEEP! About 4 weeks ago, I decided to wean myself off of it. I'm now down to 25mg before bed. It has been pretty hard to do, and my back hurts a lot, but I think it may be partially some rebound pain. Has anyone experienced that? I feel depressed off and on all day, I feel very energetic in the a.m. and very tired and achey from about 1 or 2pm on. What, besides another prescription, can help with the depression? What can help me sleep? I've read on here about some natural remedies and would be interested in knowing more, so if anyone could help, that would be great. And when will I be back to normal???