I've had shingles twice. At least I assume it was twice, because I didn't go to the doctor the first time, when I was 25. I thought it couldn't be shingles because in these really old medical encyclopedia volumes that we had, they showed shingles with a number of lesions, and I had only one. It was bad, though, on my forehead, and it left a noticeable scar. The area around my head was tingling and felt almost like a cold sore, but then I got a headache in that part of my head that didn't go away for 2 weeks. And I had these deep burning and itching pains that were hard to deal with. It took a long time to go away. I remember it started sometime around Easter, and the lesion didn't really heal until summer.
In December of 2013 I got shingles again, but I didn't know what it was. It was on my left side with pain in my stomach, which I thought might be bowel related. But I also was having stabbing pains in my side, and up my shoulder blade, and it felt like a pinched nerve. I went to the doctor this time, but they didn't know what was causing it. They thought it might be my heart and rushed out the EKG machine, but I knew that wasn't the issue. A day or two later, I got this really irritating rash under my left breast, and it was stinging and I realize it was exactly like what I had when I was 25. I ended up going to the doctor and getting an anti-viral, but it was already going away by that time.
After I had shingles, and someone I know had it a few years ago, and she is younger than I am, my husband decided to get the vaccine. But they wouldn't give it too him as he is too young. I guess you have to be at least 60.
I had chicken pox when I was about 6. Both my younger sisters had it as well. And then in the 80's, my sister's kids all had it, and I didn't have any issues. Another friend got shingles around the time my second daughter was born, and all her children came down with chicken pox. My kids were exposed to them, but didn't develop it. I am rather curious about shingles and chicken pox immunity.