Does any one know if disc protrusions can heal naturally over time? I am curious of there are any others out there who have not had acdf surgery and how long it took for pain to subside. If there was any numbness did that subside too? I am curious as my pain is much better after 6 months but still aching with numb finger. Most internet searches say resolution in about 3 months. i also read one that said complete resolution of pain in 2 years. Fusion surgeries seems to be very common now a days, but not so common 15-20 years ago. I wonder how people dealt with it back then?