I have had shingles.I thought it was poisin ivy but it sure ain't!I'm going back to what a vitamin person told me(Lysine and vitamin c) and I also found on line, I think it is on http://members.aol.com/STARCHIRO/SHINGLES.html It lists a few things that might help. I have no medical coverage and I think this new flu is setting off my shingles again(it is a virus that stays in your system). You should go to a doctor if you can as the pain in a joint can be really bad. I don't know what the doctor gave me a long time ago but they went away pretty fast. The best pain killer for the joint pain that happens, for me, was Advil(it worked better than the prescription stuff).