Wow! Sounds like you have had an awful week!
I am sorry about
your dog, losing an animal is really tough. But at least you know that he is in a place now where he can no longer fell pain or be affected by the wear & tare of aging.
I too can relate about
being sick to telling your story over and over and over. I feel like I have done it a hundred times, because I have been to many diff docs that couldn't or wouldn't help me, or ones that I didn't like before I got to my present arsenal of docs. This fall I finally made a list of all of the different medications that I have tried, as well as procedures & alternative therapies - so that I could just hand a copy of this to all of my new doctors. At that point, I had tried so many different things that I couldn't keep it all straight. To this day, I don't even remember dosages of most of them, but I at least remember the duration that I was on them & my reaction to them, both of which I included on my list. I also listed "important" specialists that I had seen prior to seeing the new doc. Most of my docs find this really helpful. I also find that it is a good reference for myself, because I been on & tried so many things over the last two and a half years.
Hopefully this new pain doc will be able to help you. Unfortunately, you'll probably never find 100% relief (although, if you did, that would be absolutely awesome!), but hopefully you will be able to get down to a pain level that is tolerable. It stinks that we often have to trade pain for side effects, but that is the way it goes. Your PM will probably try non-narcotic meds & injections first, before he moves on to more drastic, long term measures. And hopefully, one of those first treatments will work! Best of luck with your new doc, I really hope that you find some relief!