First of all, welcome to SR!
I deal with chronic pain from degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, sciatica, and degeneration of the joints on both sides of my jaw.
I also see a pain management specialist for steroid injections into my tailbone area approximately every 6 months. That usually knocks out the sciatica.
I have been through physical therapy several times, and have exercises I use that strengthen the back muscles to decrease some of the pain.
There are medications I cannot take since I am a recovering addict/alcoholic, hydrocodone and lortabs being two of them.
I do take tramadol. I can have 1 50 mg tramadol up to 3 times a day. I don't always take 3 a day. Some days I take none.
There are other medications that help my pain level. I am on Cymbalta for clinical depression, but it also helps the overall pain.
Neurontin is another medication that I take. It's commonly used for diabetic neuropathy.
I have always been honest with all of my medical providers. I can't be properly assessed and treated if I am not honest.
Hopefully some more good folks will be along to respond to your questions who are better qualified to answer your questions about the lortab.