Anyone Ever Dealt with a Rectal Fistula?
Has anyone on here ever had or dealt with a rectal fistula(not a fissure)? I had been having some urinary symptoms like frequency but thought little of it, and then thought I had hemmroids, so they did a colonoscopy...The results were they found a tiny mass that the doctor wanted to remove...I wanted a second opinion, and a biopsy, so I went to another colorectal doctor...He did a biopsy (waiting on the results) and did a rectal exam. Said he thought my prostate was okay, (although he was quite elderly and a little hard to understand) he seemed to be competent. He claimed that he didn't think I needed any surgery to remove the mass.He said the so-called mass didn't appear to be of concern...However he seemed to think I might have an anal fistula, which he claimed could cause frequent urination (though Im still a bit confused about the diagnosis) He seemed to think it might be in a tricky spot, and that maybe a urologist might be better suited to address the issue....If in fact I have a fistula I'm not sure of the cause, unless it was some rough sex about a year or so ago, but my urinary symptoms only appeared a couple months ago, so that seems odd. And I haven't had anal sex in quite some time.... Has anyone here ever had one of these? I don't have any bleeding, or pain when I go, or for that matter urinating either...My only symptom seems to be frequent urination, but I am following up with a urologist...Should I seek yet a third colorectal opinion, and follow up with the urologist? I guess the reason the first colorectal doctor didn't catch it was because he didnt do an actual manual rectal exam, just the colonoscopy...Thanks for any advice/input!