I have a delicate question. I've had a fissure for a long time, now, and it bleeds and hurts and I can deal with it. Right where that is, a hard lump developed and I began having some pus and blood mixed together. It hurt constantly until it started discharging and now it feels better and the lump is smaller. I imagine I've developed an anal abscess. My question is, is it absolutely necessary to see my GI for this? If it's draining, now, will it heal up on its own? I've read that abscesses can create fistulas and that's the only reason I'm thinking of making an appointment but I really, really don't want to go to the doctor. I'm so sick of having something wrong that I would like to bury my head in the sand on this one. Any advice you could give would be very much appreciated!