Once I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, my mind flew back in time to every medical issue that has afflicted me. I remember about 9 years ago, I had a weird "rash" appear on my bum. It consisted of several red bumpy splotches about the size of my thumb that burned and stung. They were very uncomfortable and it took several weeks for them to heal. I never went to the doctor about it, because frankly, I was a little embarrassed. Later, when I was having a routine physical, I mentioned to my doc about this rash. He was certain that it had been shingles. I was only 44? at the time. Could this have been related to my autoimmunity? I have never had a butterfly rash, but my nose and cheeks are often reddish pink in color. Anyone have insight for me?