j'kath, sorry to hear about the shingles. My DD had them at age 14, no fun then either!! Did the Dr. give you a steriod med? That was about the only thing that really helped her with the pain. You really need to take it as easy as possible for the next few weeks as you might think you are better, but you will flair it up if trying to do to much too soon. Make sure you have someone rub salve on the site also, it will help!!