Anyway, I thought the onset of pain in shingles was supposed to precede the appearance of a rash. Also, if it is shingles, this would seem to be a pretty mild case. Is that likely? I'm also about 27 weeks pregnant. I'm thinking of making a dr's appointment tomorrow, but not sure because I'm not established with a doctor so it'd be a new patient appointment. I also don't want to take any drugs unless absolutely necessary. I started taking elderberry yesterday.
Any ideas? Similar experiences?
I'm not sure how helpful this is, but I've had shingles and one of the tricky things is that shingles can present differently in different people. I had all of the symptoms described here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/shingles/symptoms.html. The rash was sensitive to the touch (e.g. I couldn't comfortably put a shirt over where the rash was), but the pain was not so much at the skin level, it was a deeper pain. For shingles, in terms of natural remedies, what I found most helpful was cold compresses with baking soda.
Were you able to see a doctor?
I hope you feel better soon.
PS Congratulations on pregnancy!