Just when you thought I could breathe a sigh of relief and was feeling good for a couple of weeks, Blam, shingles, son of a ..... A quick call to my brother in law who is about ten years younger than me confirmed the symptoms. He said the best advice is to get on an antibiotic as quickly as possible to keep the spread of the virus from advancing along other nerves. It was weird too because the last few days I have been having pain above the area where my kidney stone was removed. I thought it was another one. I am glad it wasn't but this is no fun either. I have a call in to my Dr now, hopefully he will trust my symptom description, and I can get the antibiotic no later than tomorrow. My brother in law waited over a week and he got a pretty bad case and has had tingling and discomfort from time to time since then, it comes and goes. My personal belief is that stress can bring it on, but I have no absolute proof, but recent bout with kidney stones and recent work stress certainly didn't help the situation. Funny I was feeling especially upbeat health wise, and will try to continue that feeling despite this. The Dr just called and is calling in the prescription now, so I won't have to wait until tomorrow, that is a good thing. Rhody... :yuck: P.S. I just had a thirty minute sneezing fit, until I remembered that old trick I learned awhile ago, grab your lower lip squeeze and shake, I did it for about five minutes and it worked, then the urge to sneeze returned, more squeezing and shaking and now it has subsided. Took a couple of benadryl too to address the itching.