Todd Duffee dealing with rare nerve disorder, says his ‘major focus is just getting healthy’

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UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee is dealing with a rare nerve disorder and is uncertain about whether he will ever fight again in the octagon.

There may not be any guarantee that Todd Duffee will ever fight again, but he is certainly not considering that option just yet.

The UFC Heavyweight was recently diagnosed with Parsonage-Turner syndrome, a neurological issue with a rare set of symptoms resulting from inflammation of unknown etiology of the complex network of nerves through which impulses reach the arms, shoulders and chest. This syndrome can begin with severe shoulder or arm pain followed by weakness and numbness.

In Duffee's case, he was unable to open his right hand and experienced excruciating pain. Doctors were unable to provide a plausible explanation for the issue.

While there is no exact cure for this disorder, most cases resolve themselves in a period between 18-24 months, depending on how old the person in question is.

"I'm not dealing with the pain as much as I was with the Parsonage-Turner," Duffee told FOX Sports. "But as far as where it's at, I don't know. I'm way ahead of schedule according to everyone I talk to, so I can't scream and b*tch too much. But I'm going to."

Although it has been a turbulent period in Duffee's life, he has taken this opportunity to reflect on himself, and has reached a point where he feels "young again" and gets more excited during training sessions. This is also due to his return to American Top Team, the first professional team he trained with in his career.

His main focus now is to simply regain his health, but he has still tentatively set his return date for October.

"My major focus is just getting healthy and if I can just fight," Duffee said, "I'll be one of the happiest guys in the world."

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