Holly Madison Examined for ‘Excruciating’ Pain from Injury

03/26/2009 at 12:00 AM EDT

Holly Madison Examined for ‘Excruciating’ Pain from Injury


The Dancing With the Stars injury bug has bit another victim -- this time Holly Madison.

A rep for the Girls Next Door star tells PEOPLE that Madison was taken to the doctor Thursday after a pain in her side became excruciating, preventing her from rehearsing.

"She hurt herself last week when she was rehearsing the Samba," Steve Flynn, Madison's rep, says. "(Thursday) she was practicing the tango and the pain was so bad that it made it basically impossible for her to move."



ABC camera crews were with Madison at the doctor's visit. "While she is not suffering a broken rib, she does continue to feel a great deal of discomfort and was prescribed pain medication," Flynn says.

Madison "is committed to the show" and hopes to dance on Monday after getting rest, he says. "She was in a lot of pain last week," the rep says. "But you know, Holly's a gamer. She wants to do this so bad and she wants to do well. She really didn't tell a lot of how badly she was injured because she doesn't want to give herself any excuses."

Madison, who actually replaced Jewel when the singer got injured, told PEOPLE last weekend at Prive Las Vegas that she was using "positive thinking" to stay injury-free.

"I'm getting bruised up," she said. "I'm thinking really positive. Physically it's the most difficult thing I've done." - Mark Gray

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