I agree with Mom. It baffles me that people go to a skiing website full of people who are not medical professionals seeking advice on medical conditions that can literally change their lives...maybe for the worse.
With that massive caveat aside, I had a degenerative disc issue also. For years I treated flare-ups with meds and exercise until one day the disc blew out like a bomb going off. It smarted. PT, acupuncture, chiro, meds, and finally back surgery. The latter worked well. Being the internet, I'm sure someone will come along with a back surgery horror story, but everyone I personally know that's had it has been happy with the results.
I'm not recommending that at all, just saying that's always a last resort if less invasive methods don't work. So, yeah, see a Dr. If they recommend surgery, get a 2nd...even a 3rd...opinion. I'd bet they will put you on an exercise/PT program, which may do the job for years to come as far as you can know...or not, and then there are likely other options anyway.
That's just my own experience, though. I am NOT a Dr., a nurse, an EMT, I don't play a Dr. on TV, and I don't work in the medical field at all. I put a band-aid on myself once, so there's that. Unless someone here identifies themselves specifically as a Dr. with expertise in this area, you need to take their advice with a huge grain of salt (including mine) and understand they're talking of their own individual experience (like me) or the 2nd or 3rd-hand experience of a friend's sister's husband.
So, get thee to a Doctor is my advice.
(Oh, I skied throughout it all for the most part...occasional bad days and surgery recovery aside)