In April 2004, Paula claimed to have contracted a bacterial infection from unsanitary equipment at a nail salon, which resulted in numerous hospital visits. So she made it her mission to crusade for stricter standards for nail salons. "Being a professional dancer, I'm no stranger to pain," Paula told the California Senate Business and Professions Committee in Sacramento in June 2005. "But this time the pain was so excruciating that even my hair touching my thumb caused me to scream."
It should be noted that in April 2005, Paula announced that she suffered from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a rare neurological disorder that causes chronic pain.