I don't have it, but a friend does. He's on the west coast and I'm in Arkansas, so I'm not going to catch it from him. I'd be interested in your experiences with this disease. My friend has been having a very rough time as it produces a lot of pain and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. It's been going on for over 3 months and nothing the doctors have done have really relieved the pain. If there is any personal knowledge here that I can pass on to my friend, please let me know. His wife has told me there is a shingles vaccine, it doesn't really prevent shingles but will make occurrence of the disease much milder. I'm thinking of asking my doctor about getting one. She says anyone over 60 should get the vaccination.