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A shark and an eagle are among the Season 25 cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’
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Frankie Muniz has some serious aches and pains and they’re not all from getting beaten up by big brother Reese on Malcolm in the Middle.

“I raced cars professionally for a few years,” the 31-year-old IndyCar veteran revealed in his first practice with pro partner Witney Carson, which was excerpted in Monday’s Dancing With the Stars premiere. “I had a crash and broke my back and my hands and ribs.” 

Between the ages of 27 and 28, the actor suffered transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or “mini-strokes.” The first time, he said he lost vision in one of his eyes while riding his motorcycle and couldn’t explain what was going on.

 “I couldn’t say words,” he recalled to Good Morning America after the first one in 2012. “I thought I was saying them! And, my fiancée was looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, TIAs can occur as the result of a blood clot, burst blood vessel in the brain, both of cause the oxygen supply to the brain to be cut off.  While the symptoms are similar to those in full-blown strokes, they usually resolve themselves in a couple of hours. However, they can lead to a real stroke later on.

Later, Muniz told People that his medical history comes up a lot during DTWS rehearsals. 

“I think we talk about my injuries every day because I have a creaky, old body. I’m 31 but feel like I have the creaky, old body of a 71-year-old,” he joked.

“But I’m doing whatever it takes to take care of my body so I can continue dancing,” he promised. “I consider myself a pretty athletic person, but I’m so sore. I’m so dead. I’m in the sauna, I’m icing. Everything that I’m doing every minute of the day is to make me a better dancer in this competition and make it to the end.”

But what may have hurt the most was the 23-year-old Carson joking to Muniz that he’s as old as her dad. Which would have made him eight when she was born.

The pair had a solid DWTS debut, scoring 19 out of 30 points, good enough for fifth. We’re looking forward to seeing the rest of the Wilkerson clan (and maybe even the Krelboynes) in the audience this…