Los Angeles: Hollywood star Jessica Alba has said she was rushed to hospital in the middle of the night last week fearing she was suffering from a stroke.
The 31-year-old actress was at home with her husband Cash Warren when she lost feeling in her hand and began suffering a headache and heart palpitations, reported E! Online.
"Basically I thought I was having a stroke last week. I really, really thought I was. It was 2.30 in the morning and I woke up and my hand started to go numb. The whole entire thing went numb," Alba said on talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
"It was dead, I couldn`t move it. My whole arm went numb, I got cold sensations in the back of my neck to the front. I can`t move my face."
Panicked Alba then looked up her symptoms on the internet, and discovered they were consistent with a stroke.
So she turned to the only medic she knew she could count on in the middle of the night ? her daughters` paediatrician.
"I texted my paediatrician. It`s my kids` paediatrician, but it`s the only person who will answer me at 2.30 in the morning. I texted him and I said, `I have these symptoms... it`s all going downhill!` He was like, `You`re a little young for this...`"
Alba was eventually taken to a hospital for an MRI scan, which revealed she was suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, a relatively common condition that causes pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers.