At the moment I am fairly ill with shingles, which is a painful condition you can develop if you have had the Chicken Pox virus. Anyone who has had Chicken Pox, as I did as a small child, can develop Shingles. The virus never goes away but remains dormant in the nerve roots by the spinal cord. The particles can reactivate during stressful times or if the immune system is weak, and travel along nerves affecting the area of skin which the infected nerve supplies. For me, the first symptoms were severe pain in the affected nerve region, followed by a rash. When I was going through the pain I thought I had a trapped nerve, but when the rash appeared I had a good idea it was shingles. The doctor put me on antiviral medicine but this only usually works if taken early so it is important to get a diagnosis and treatment early if you suspect you have the disease.