Been there. Had my first/only shingles at 17. Was told that I was a attention seeker for two weeks before they broke out. I haven't had another eruption, though I have had the sore ribs and burning skin. I take an old Passamaquaddy Indian remedy, as soon as I get the burn ing I drink raspberry tea, don't know why it works but drinking it heals shingles up fast too. I am 43 this year. I was under weight and almost a complete vegetarian when this happened to me. So your note struck a chord.