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Just got back from urgent care and was diagnosed with anorectal fistula. The Dr. could actually feel the fistula track and said it seemed stable. He ordered a colon and rectal surgery referral - and imagery. I started feeling the fistula track 3 weeks ago but had such mild pain that - like I said before - I dismissed it for something that would go away soon...Although not making it sound like its an emergency, Doctor said he wish I had come sooner, so I'm a bit worried over that...Now that I know what the problem is, I got tons of Q's. Can I continue working and are there things I should be avoiding doing while waiting for the surgery? What down time/recovery period should I expect post-surgery? Meantime, Doc prescribed antibiotics, would that really do anything? 

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