Hi all, This is my first posting and I am very glad to find this group. It seems like I am good company, since I was amazed to read how many of you have battled Shingles! 12 yrs. ago I was diagnosed with Fibro (prior to that they said it was chronic fatigue and Mono). Since then I have had the usual experience with pain at pressure points and flairs, but changes in lifestyle have helped. Recently I came down with Shingles, after a very stressful time period when my son was hospitalized for over a month. The dr. got me on antiviral med right away, and I only broke out in one small cluster...in fact, the pain before I broke out was much worse. It was so bad they ran all sorts of tests and were ready to take out my gall bladder! Now, a month later, the skin problem is much better, with only an occasional burning or itching. But during the last week I now have developed swollen glands in my neck, aching into my ears, with fatigue and occasional nausea. It reminds me of the way I felt when the I was first diagnosed with chronic fatigue. Does anyone know if Shingles can have this delayed effect on the immune system and what if anything to do about it? I have read that some of you have needed longer courses of antiviral meds, but I was only on it for 7 days since it took care of the Shingles on the skin and I began feeling better. I am planning on calling the dr. tomorrow, and wondered if any of you have any advice. It feels like this episode of Shingles has set me back 12 years! Thanks for the help, gang!