Tingling and numbness on inner aspects of pinkie and ring finger pain and stiffness in neck, and R shoulders
Fell and fractured last 3 fingers in R hand Nov 14. Pneumonia and lung surgery (R LUNG) March 15. Noticed numbness and tingling a few days before collapsing with Pneumonia and Pleurisy in March. I am now recovering well but my neck and R shoulder are becoming increasingly painful with audible clicking and a 'crunching noise' when I turn my head. During my followup after lung surgery I discovered I have lost an inch in height so I am awaiting the result of a bone density scan (early menopause at 41 yrs, no HRT).
Up until my pneumonia I was a fit and healthy person; I exercise regularly and have a physically demanding job in Healthcare.
The car I was driving was hit from behind by a large lorry in 2010 but I did not experience any ill effects afterwards. I am becoming increasingly worried that I will not be able to return to my job. I recently had a long car journey and after 2 hours I had sciatica in both legs. At 56 I am starting to feel like an old lady!
So the numbness and tingling in the C8 dermatome began before the surgery to your lung, right? I don't quite understand; surgery for pneumonia must surely be very exceptional.
Conditions in the apex of the lung can certainly affect the brachial plexus and the pinkie and ring finger are most often affected. Are you a smoker? If there is a positive Upper Limb tension test, then I would think unrelated to the fractures in your fingers. Unless the fall also injured your neck.
During an anaesthetic, the neck is extended to keep the airway open; this is mostly the cause of your symptoms in the arm. It's not uncommon at all in chiropractic practice, and I would presume in physiotherapy clinics too.
Lots of coughing can certainly affect the lower back.
You have no specific question, so I hope this contributes.