About eight years ago, I started getting hard lumps on my right knee and both of my elbows. The doctors did not know what they were. I went to a dermatologist in 1994. He did a biopsy and said I had discoid lupus. He treated me for four years.
In 1997, the lumps on my knee got infected. I was in the hospital for twelve days. They had to do surgery and take calcium deposits out of my knee. In May of 1998, they did surgery on my left elbow and it would not heal, so the doctor did a second surgery on it after eight months of draining.
In January of this year he did surgery on the right elbow. It got an infection and I was in the hospital for three weeks. I had two more surgeries on my elbow while I was in the hospital. My elbow and arm are not well yet.
If anybody has the same symptoms I do, or any questions about this, please email me. I just do not understand it. Nobody in my family has this disease. Help?
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