DIY Pain Relief Strategy: Topical Sulforaphane with Lidocaine Gel

I've blogged about topical sulforaphane before here.  With my back pain flair up last Friday, I got a trigger point injection with lidocaine that really helped.  Having done research at the Pain Management Center at UVA for seven years, I know a lot of what's done doesn't work.  But I'd never known that the trigger point injections are with lidocaine. 

Given this, and knowing that the DMSO carries the chemicals below the skin, I rubbed lidocaine gel on my back after the trigger point injection wore off and rubbed the topical sulforaphane liquid on top.  The result was quick relief!

DMSO does burn and I've used this remedy so frequently over the last few days, that the skin on my back is red.  But it is worth it to me.  Managing pain levels when something starts bothering you is very important to keep the pain in the acute classification and not transition to chronic pain. 

This transition can occur in as little as two weeks and is accompanied by a change in both an anatomical and physiological change in your body.  Anatomically, your muscles shrink from compensation and underuse of muscles.  Physiologically, the natural inflammatory response gets turned on and stays on.  Managing pain and decreasing inflammation is key to a speedy reconvery.  


  • David Roberts

    You can use the capsules or you can get the liquid here:

  • Diane

    I just finished your article on sulforaphane for pain, topically. I immediately went to my refrigerator, broke open a BrocElite capsule, dropped a bit of water on it and rubbed it on my arthritic hands. Although a bit sticky until it dried it immediately dulled the pain, Significantly. You mentioned a liquid sulforaphane. Please tell me where I can acquire this. I’m not aware that you sell it. Thanks for your great products!

  • Steve Ellis

    Great post David. Where can I get liquid sulforaphane or do you suggest mixing a capsule with DMSO? Thanks for all you do!

  • Nancy

    Having a rotator cuff injury that indeed has become chronic, wondering if the removal of pain would make me injure it more ?

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