Does shingles come back in the same place is a good question and the answer is yes shingles does come back in the same place and a few other places as well at times. Personally, I prefer them to come back in the same place. Why risk scarring on other areas of the body, at least that's how I see it, but I have had shingles outbreaks for over 30 years, so naturally I would think this way.
To be truthful I prefer to not have shingles blisters come back at all, however, that is most likely not going to be the case. Albeit, I don't have nearly as many outbreaks now as I did in my twenties when I was clueless about how to manage shingles and keep outbreaks to a minimum. If you have shingles you need to know how to lessen the severity and frequency of outbreaks.
It's not as hard as one might think and it has nothing to do with medication or anything like that. It has to do with lifestyle and what you eat and drink on a daily basis. The goal is to boost the immune system, because many times, it is a weak immune system that triggers shingles outbreaks. Stress is another major trigger, so avoidance of people, places and things that create stress is essential. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are also common triggers.
You can also up your intake of the amino acid Lysine to help keep shingles outbreaks at bay. Lysine can be found in foods, or you can opt to take it in supplement form. I take two 500 mg capsule supplements a day or one capsule and consume more lysine rich foods. Some lysine rich foods are eggs, fish, tomatoes, apples and dairy products such as cheese, yogurt and milk. I love all of these foods, so it is easy for me to eat more of them.
If you're really fed up with shingles outbreaks you might want to cut back on foods that contain the amino acid Arginine as it is known to trigger shingles, herpes and cold sores, which are all in the Varicella Zoster Virus family. Some foods that contain Arginine are various nuts, peanuts and peanut butter, chocolate and red meat. Keep in mind that it will take some trial and error to figure out how much consumption will trigger an outbreak.
A healthy lifestyle is the best way to get and keep a strong immune system. To sum it up, you need to eat healthy, exercise faithfully, get enough sleep, reduce stress and consume more Lysine. This is all I do and it has practically gotten rid of my shingles outbreaks, as I am down to two or so every 6 months to a year as compared to several a month before change in lifestyle.
Does shingles come back in the same place is a given, however, the frequency and severity isn't. You can manage shingles to the point that it is a minor annoyance and nothing more when you are willing to make the lifestyle changes needed.