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When I was a senior in college I started experiencing extreme pain in my lower right side. The pain was bad enough I ended up having to go to the hospital. My doctor was fearful that I had appendicitis. He ran a scan and it all came back clear. The doctor refused to consider shingles because of my age and sent me without a diagnosis. I went about 4 days not knowing what was going on. I was racking my brain of “what ifs” and webmd searches. Eventually a rash started where the pain began and then blisters later accompanied the rash alongside my lower hip dermatome. I was able to see another doctor who eventually told me I had shingles. Sharing in case anyone else is experiencing unknown pain internally on one half of your body.