Drs can be so insensitive. I'm sure if he had prostate and had to have his testes removed, he wouldn't appreciate it if you told him to be a man and to deal with it. Also people (my parents included) seem to confuse fissures with fistulas until you have to SPELL out exactly what it is.
Yeah, passing gas only can be an issue. You start to think you've had a ghost poo! (oh my how we discuss these topics that we wouldn't in a face to face social setting!!! LOL)
I hope you don't start the gas side of things. Having a fistula is bad enough, being socially embarrassed by noisy or smelly gas when it's unexpected can be mortifying.
Officially diagnosed Jan 2005 with UC & anthropathy arthritis, RV Fistula April 2005
Misdiagnosed for over 20 years re the above!
4 DVTs and 1 PE (blood clots) Nov 2007 (caused by flare ups)
Oesteopenia in right hip and spine (caused by pred)
Present meds: 6 x 750mg Colazide, 50mg 6MP, off warfarin but on stage 3 clinical drug trial Rivaroxaban
Take 1000IU Vit D, calcium, magnesium, vit C, vit B, Evening Primrose Oil