Kate Beckinsale attends the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19, in...

 Kate Beckinsale attends the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 19, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Credit: Getty Images/Frazer Harrison

English actress Kate Beckinsale, star of the "Underworld" film franchise, has been hospitalized with a ruptured ovarian cyst.

"Turns out a ruptured ovarian cyst really hurts and morphine makes me cry," Beckinsale, 45, wrote on Instagram Sunday alongside two photos: one a close-up, looking distressed, with an oxygen tube, and the other of her lying on her side in a bed surrounded by monitors and other medical equipment. "So thankful to everyone who looked after me," she added, along with the hashtag "#wobbly."

After one commenter sniped, "But first let me take a selfie,” Beckinsale responded, according to a People magazine transcription of a comment since buried among countless others, "It's actually not a selfie. My mum [actress Judy Loe] took it. In fact I would not have posted it if we had not noticed someone in a car taking a photo of me leaving the hospital in a wheelchair," she continued, indicating she has since been discharged.

She went on to say, "I have Instagram largely to have my own honest narrative and not have to always be ambushed by stories that come out that are invented, I'd prefer to say what happened than endure speculation and so I chose to share."

She added, "I agree, it's not a normal impulse. But it's not normal to be photographed in vulnerable situations by people you don't know either. (If you were interested in knowing the provenance of this, which, you probably are not.)."

According to People's transcriptions of other comments, numerous performers wished her well, including singers Natalie Imbruglia and Courtney Love, actress Rose McGowan and Alpine skiing champion and Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. Actress Isla Fisher wrote, "Are you okay? Sending you so much love," while comedian Kevin Nealon commented, "Ohhhh noooo! So sorry, Kate! Sending you healing wishes!" 

Actress Sarah Silverman, who like Beckinsale was formerly in a relationship with Welsh actor Michael Sheen, wrote, "OMG." Sheen and Beckinsale, who were together from 1995 to early 2003, have a daughter, Lily, who turns 20 on Thursday. 

While cysts that develop on ovaries are not uncommon and often recede on their own, according to Johns Hopkins University, a ruptured cyst can cause severe pain and internal bleeding. It can be treated through intravenous pain medication and blood transfusion, and in extreme cases through emergency surgery.

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