I'm no expert, but my boyfriend did have shingles
a few years ago, and based on
that experience, I'm inclined to say that if you had shingles
, you'd KNOW. His started out itching like crazy, and then blistered up and were extremely painful. Even a t-shirt brushing against the bumps would make him wince. The bumps were close together, like yours, but they formed in a sort of chain along the right side of the lower portion of his rib cage.