I recently learned that when someone says to me, "You're the man!" I am not supposed to say thank you and walk away. Apparently, I am supposed to reply with "No, YOU are the man!"
Well, what this person has just done is had me deny that I am the man and had me validate their own man like qualities. They initiated this little exchange to force me to praise them. What the fuck is that all about?
I realize that there is a lesser used protocol that will cause the initial person to retort with a resounding "NO, you ARE the man." and then you go out for beers. I have never actually seen this, though.
I have found it helpful to do the stretching exercises my physical therapist recommends. Do some core strengthening exercises, such as the ones highlighted at The Mayo Clinic. By keeping your core strong, your back won't put itself in a position to cause that sciatica pain you are having.