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Todd Duffee Opens Up About Finding Out He Has Parsonage-Turner Syndrome

UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee was left scared to death recently.

Duffee, who made a triumphant return to the Octagon last December with a victory over Philip De Fries, was diagnosed with Parsonage-Turner syndrome, a rare disorder that causes shoulder pain, neurological deficits, motor weakness and numbness.

“It felt like somebody stabbing me in the back,” said Duffee, in an interview with Sherdog’s Beatdown radio show. “I kind of freaked out. I just couldn’t move.

“It was scary.”

Duffee (8-2) was being targeted for a return to action in December, but was told he would need more time off before doing so.

“Already, I’ve had a very fast recovery,” said Duffee, who stated the normal recovery time is 18-to-24 months. “I’ve talked to all the therapists I’ve worked with and the doctors, and they’re all very confident that I can come back inside a year.”