I had shingles in 2008, though not too terribly bad. The rash was very limited on 2 different bands of nerves on my lower back on the left side. My case seemed a bit atypical as not only did I not have much of a rash, but the pain followed the rash's appearance after about a week (most people experience pain before or simultaneously with the rash's appearance). I spent the week trying different topical solutions as I figured the rash was either due to a candida/yeast overgrowth problem or an allergy problem associated with contact with an allergen. When the minor discomfort turned into sharp, traveling pain through the affected area, we finally figured out it was shingles (my husband had shingles years earlier).
So, I spent the first week doing nothing substantial to boost my immune system. When it was obvious I was suffering from shingles, I decided on supplementing my diet with high doses of Vitamin C and L-lysine, carefully spacing the doses apart during the day to ensure maximum absorbtion. The rash and symptoms completely disappeared after a few weeks of treatment, though once in a while I would get a little twinge in that particular area.
Recently I've been experiencing twinges in the precise area where I had the shingles in 2008. I have no signs of a rash, but the twinges have that "electric shock" like feeling. I've read a few things about shingles susceptibility. First, children that had the chicken pox at a young age (as I had) are more likely to get the shingles the first time at a younger age (I was 39). Second, those that get the shingles are several more times more likely to get the shingles again than those that never had the shingles (if that makes any sense).
I'm not asking for advice on how to deal with the symptoms (though you're welcome to share your personal experiences), but I'm wondering if others that have suffered from the shingles have had similar residual longterm effects?