Ok, few days ago I developed sharp pain just above my left hip. Then pain moved bit so it seemed maybe more lower back pain, but oddly I was more comfortable if active. I've had bouts with lower back pain in past and believe me active is not the way to go. Some swelling but max dose of ibuprophan delt with both pain and swelling. Oddly I hadnt done anything that should cause muscle or back pain. This didnt go away and penpal suggested trying chiropractor first thinkin its back pain. I thought so too and thinking of calling one monday, but today I have a strip of rash on both side of my left leg below hip and some on lower left abdomen. Pain is stabbing kind and has now moved to where rash is on my abdomen. Took me a while, but I had the inspiration that its the shingles despite my being a might young for it. Since its not on my face (can cause blindness), think I'll just tough it out. Oh, skin is rather numb to hand touch in this area but at same time sensitive to clothing touching it. Nobody really mentions this on shingles sites but then swelling has simular effect when it happens for other reasons so assume its that. Anybody suggest alternate causes. Remember this is left side only and pain came first followed by strip of rash.