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I have had shingles diagnosed a fortnight ago. I was given antiviral drugs and the red patches have disappeared leaving the dried up blisters. However, I have had a pain which is really an ache/soreness and tenderness a few inches above the actual shingles. The patches seem to be behaving themselves. The pain and tenderness is around my left rib area from beneath my breast and below but the shingles are below this just below my waist. I don’t want another appointment to ask a simple question to make sure it is the shingles. It has only appeared since the shingles began. Would be grateful if someone has experienced anything like this.