I, too, have had multiple bouts of Shingles, always brought on by stress. My first episode was when I was 18 and a senior in High School. This was back in 1983, and I was told at the time that it usually occurs up to two weeks after a stressful event or time period. This made perfect sense as I had finished my testing for College entrance approximately two weeks earlier. I have had it three additional times since - always a couple of weeks or so after some sort of stressful time period. Each time, they appear on my right torso - almost exactly the same spot. I was also told that I am more susceptible to them since I was the youngest of three girls, and I contracted Chicken Pox when I was 5 - first by one sister, and then it never went away completely when the second sister contracted it. This prolonged my virus and, it is believed, caused me to be more proned towards Shingles. Luckily (if you want to say that it's lucky), they have shown that children and young teens who contract Shingles usually don't have the same intensity in pain or length of suffering. This was certainly true in my case. I had to learn to stay calm in extremely stressful situations, and now, at 50 years of age, it has been about 7 years since my last bout. I hope some of this helps someone else out there.