Oprah thought she had terrible disease
Oprah Winfrey feared the “worst” after seeking an online diagnosis when she fell ill.
The 64-year-old media mogul turned to the Internet when the left side of her chin swelled up but was scared by the results she found when she searched for “swollen lymph gland causes”.
She wrote in a story for O, The Oprah Magazine: “None of the results were good. For the next four hours, I thought the worst. Why would a neck suddenly swell? Maybe it wasn’t sudden. Maybe whatever it was had been growing for days, or longer, and I only now noticed.”
Oprah immediately booked a doctor’s appointment, where she expected to be told she had a “terrible disease”. She was stunned when she was given the real diagnosis and a simple solution to combat her symptoms.
She continued: “When I finally opened my mouth to say ‘ahhh,’ I was prepared for the doctor to say, ‘I’m so sorry, Ms Winfrey, you have ‘Insert terrible disease’.
“What she actually said was, ‘I think your salivary glands are blocked. Go home, drink plenty of water, and try sucking on some lemons to stimulate your salivary ducts.’“
The Wrinkle in Time star was so stunned by the doctor’s verdict, she went for a second opinion — and received the same diagnosis.