I'm not so sure there is guaranteed as strong a correlation between whatever is on an MRI image and what most people are feeling. Plenty of people have no symptoms and show degenerated discs and everything on MRIs. The image you're painting there of something pressing on the nerve causing direct pain also might necessarily be accurate and/or helpful.
I'm speaking from experience here, as I have spent decades with chronic back pain, multiple disc bulges and degenerated discs, plus some other spinal deformities in my lumbar spine. So my back pain will never be gone gone ... but what made the biggest diff was some sessions with the Physio I have been working with to change the way I think about and visualise my pain ... pain, after all, is a perception, and there is a huge body of actual evidence that supports that chronic pain especially can be reduced with mental techniques etc.