What is it like to have shingles?

Painful. Shingles tends to be exquisitely painful, with light touch or no touch causing sharp, burning pains. Vesicles (blisters) may also develop at the site of shingles, and may cause scaring. If not treated promptly the pain of shingles may continue on past the acute flare, leading to post-herpetic neuralgia. Get yourself checked if you are concerned you have shingles.