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Lacey Schwimmer also diagnosed with Julianne Hough's condition


By John Bracchitta, 10/30/2008 

Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer has been diagnosed with the same condition that has sidelined fellow dancing professional Julianne Hough.

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Days after Hough's announcement that she had been diagnosed with endometriosis and would temporarily have to leave Dancing with the Stars for surgery to address the condition, Schwimmer has revealed that she's learned she is also suffering from early stages of the same ailment.

"I went to go get checked out today and I actually have the beginning onset of what Julianne has," Schwimmer told The Insider on Wednesday.

According to Schwimmer, she decided to visit a doctor after hearing Hough talk about her condition and realizing that she had also been experiencing several of the same symptoms.

"A few days ago I began feeling very shaky, very weak, and I had awful cramps going on, and I didn't really know what was going on. Julianne was sent to the hospital the day that I started feeling a little weird, and she came back and told everyone what was going on with her," Schwimmer told the syndicated entertainment news program.

However given her condition is still in an early stage -- earlier this week, Hough revealed that although she had never had her symptoms diagnosed, she had actually been feeling pain "for about the last five years" -- Schwimmer says surgery isn't currently expected to be necessary.

"I have medication that's taking care of it and hopefully we're catching it at the right time," Schwimmer told The Insider.  "Mine is just the beginning onset of it so I caught it at a very good time and I'm gonna be okay."

However, Schwimmer added the condition is still impacting her and affecting her ability to practice her dance routines with celebrity partner Lance Bass.

"Right now I'm insanely weak and the room is spinning," she told The Insider.

Endometriosis is the development of uterine-lining tissue outside the uterus on the surfaces of organs in the pelvis or abdomen (such as the ovaries and appendix) where they are not supposed to grow. It is a common medical condition found in 5-10% of women of reproductive age around the world.

Hough underwent successful ovarian cyst and appendix removal surgery for her condition on Tuesday.

Schwimmer said that she had text-messaged Hough after receiving her own diagnosis and the recovering dancer was glad to hear that Schwimmer's case had been caught in its early stages.

"I just texted her this morning actually [and] told her I was at the doctor -- I actually went to her doctor to take a look at me -- and she was like 'Thank goodness you caught it at the time you did, therefore you don't have to go through what I'm going through,' Schwimmer told The Insider.

Hough is recovering well, according to Schwimmer. 

"She's doing great," Schwimmer told The Insider. "She's in bed, she has her boyfriend there, she has her mom, her sister, and her dogs, so she's great."

Hough's diagnosis and surgery came after she'd been taken to the emergency room via ambulance after revealing she had been feeling severe stomach pains during last Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars results show.

(Photo credit ABC)


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