Pain, especially intense pain, is often a first sign of shingles, according to Mayo Clinic. The pain is frequently associated with the development of a rash, which sometimes manifests itself as a stripe of blisters wrapped around the side of the torso.
The shingles rash can also occur on the side of the neck or face, Mayo Clinic notes. In some cases, numbness and tingling signal the onset of shingles. Shingles patients occasionally notice sensitivity to touch. Fever, itching, headache, sensitivity to light and fatigue are all common symptoms of shingles, as well.
It is particularly important to consult a physician if the rash appears near the eye, Mayo Clinic advises.