Over the last 2 1/2 years, I have had a small breakout of shingles in the lower back/upper buttocks area about 10-12 times. The breakout occurs in the same area. Doctors seem to think it is stress related. My stress levels had been higher than ever. Do you know of any similar stories? Is this a symtom of something else. I'm a 43 yr old female. Thanks for replies.