MOSCOW -- A jailed member of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band has been hospitalized for a full medical check-up after complaining of headaches and suffering from overwork at a prison colony known for its tough conditions, her lawyer and a fellow band member said Friday.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has suffered from headaches since last spring and her condition has worsened since October when she was sent to a prison colony to serve her two-year sentence for the band's irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral, her lawyer Irina Khrunova said.

She sent a request to prison authorities in December to admit Tolokonnikova in order to perform a detailed medical check, and she was hospitalized on Jan. 24, the lawyer said.

Yekaterina Samutsevich, a band member who also was sentenced to two years in August but later released on appeal, added that Tolokonnikova feels exhausted after working long hours with little sleep.

"They don't allow her to have any rest; she works nearly round the clock," Samutsevich told independent Rain TV on Friday. "She said she feels tired, extremely tired."

In an interview published last week in the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Tolokonnikova stoically described harsh prison conditions, saying she doesn't expect any leniency from authorities.

Tolokonnikova, who works at a sewing machine like most female prisoners in Russia's prison colonies, told the paper that she has had her fingers punctured by the needle but has picked up speed and experience and can now meet her quota of making lining for 320 jackets a day. Like other prisoners, she bathes once a week and uses cold water to wash the rest of the week.

Pyotr Verzilov, Tolokonnikova's husband told The Associated Press on Friday that "obviously, the conditions aren't that great, but her lawyer's dealing with it."

Federal Prison Service spokeswoman Kristina Belousova confirmed Tolokonnikova is in a hospital at her prison colony in Mordovia in western Russia, but declined to give other details.

Tolokonnikova, Samutsevich and the third band member, Maria Alekhina, were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August after they raucously prayed to the Virgin Mary for the deliverance from Putin at Christ the Savior Cathedral. Samutsevich was freed in October, but the two others were sent to prison colonies. The verdict has drawn global outrage, highlighting Russia's intolerance of dissent.

Alekhina, who is serving her sentence at another prison colony in the Ural Mountains Perm region, had her appeal rejected by a local court last month.

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Max Seddon contributed to this report.

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  • Freed feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, left, leaves a court in Moscow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo)

  • Freed feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich stands surrounded by press outside a court in Moscow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Freed feminist punk group Pussy Riot band member Yekaterina Samutsevich, left, leaves a court surrounded by bailiffs in Moscow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Yuri Tutov)

  • Freed feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich speaks outside a court in Moscow, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich stands in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova stands in a glass cage at a court room in in Moscow, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • A policeman watches band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova speaking on a TV screen in a hall outside a court room of the Moscow City Court where three members of the punk band Pussy Riot are set to make their case before a Russian appeals court that they should not be imprisoned, in Moscow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • One of the jailed members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot,' Yekaterina Samutsevich, sits in a glass-walled cage in a court in Moscow, on October 10, 2012, during a hearing into the appeal of the Pussy Riot bandmates. Samutsevich allowed today to walk out of court after the judge gave her a two-year suspended term, said she was happy to be freed but also sad for her bandmates who would remain in jail. (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/GettyImages)