First of all, this is the second time I have had to repost this, I hit a wrong key and lost the whole darn thing which was REALLY long. So I will start over
I did a google. Found this which answers alot of questions alot of other posters have mentioned.
Shingles, also called herpes zoster, causes a painful rash.
The rash is made up of many small blisters and it usually appears on one side only, in the area supplied by a single nerve root from the spinal cord. The pain is often sharp and burning in nature. If shingles is not treated, it can last between 2 to 5 weeks.
Shingles is most common in elderly people and those with depressed immune systems (for example, after a transplant or when on treatment for cancer).
But anyone who has ever had chickenpox can develop shingles. If you are young and healthy and develop shingles, it does not necessarily mean there is a problem with your immune system.
People who have shingles are not highly contagious.
If you have shingles, you can't pass on the VZV virus to people who have had shingles, because it is already dormant in their body. People who have never had chickenpox have a small risk of coming into contact with the virus if they touch the rash of someone who has shingles. Usually the rash is on areas that are covered by clothing, which provides protection.
So to me that says that suggestions to the OP that she might be 'immunocompromised' or have some weird auto-immune disorder is going to make the poor girl a hypochondriac. So lets just support her and not scare her to death.
OP - I have a couple of ideas for you.
1. Try meditation (or any other form of relaxation techniques I know many) give it a month before you try number 2.
2. Seek our your health care professional for anti-anxiety meds. I can say that with upmost sincerity that I have been there. I was a junior in a diploma program when my personal life took a turn for the worse and I ended up being put on clinical probation due to 'anxiety'. My instructor suggested I get on some anxiety meds. Yes my INSTRUCTOR told me to. So I did, it did a world of good.
Another story I have about immunosuppression was when I was working nights. I was sick for 4 months straight, no breaks in it at all, I had strep throat, larangitis, ear infections, and even pink eye. All because my body could not handle the stress of changing my sleeping habits, and causing my body undue stress. So needless to say I tried the anti-anxiety meds and they did help, but not enough. I ended up quitting nights and I will never ever do that to my body again.
Reason I said start with meditation and relaxation techniques is twofold. I am a holistic practitioner, I made it through the first 2 1/2 years of nursing school on meditation/relaxation techniques. Many can be readily found by doing a google search. My favorite, and one I started with was simply sitting in a dark quiet room with only a candle lit. Sitting in front of the candle and allowing your body to zone out just staring at the candle. Seems strange, but I'm telling you it got me most of the way through nursing school.
I wish you the best of luck in whatever you do. Be strong and try suggestions I have given you. You will be fine. You are just overwhelmed, we all were in nursing school and your body just doesn't know how to accept the extra work your putting it through (even though it is mostly thought) but to your body it is work nonetheless. Keepin ya in my thoughts.