I took Mobic for a short while. Didn't notice that it kept me awake--don't think that's a common side effect. It didn't do anything for my joints either, and actually caused a lot of upper GI problems for me. Rheumy thinks I may have had an upper GI virus at the same time I was taking Mobic because Mobic is supposed to be easier on your GI system. He took me off it anyway. I have no experience with ultram, but I currently take ultracet which is ultram combined with acetaminephan. I have few problems with it--sometimes it doesn't work as well as I would like, but it's not the only drug I take and it's certainly better than nothing.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan