Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey had a health scare recently after she noticed swollen glands in her neck. As some of you may know, swollen neck glands may be a sign of cancer or HIV/AIDS.

Oprah recently opened up about her health scare that elevated her blood pressure and sent her rushing to her doctor's office.

The media mogul feared the worst when she woke up one morning and noticed the swelling in her neck. She called her doctor, who urged her to schedule an emergency appointment.

In an essay posted to OprahMag.com, Winfrey, 64, explains that her salivary glands were blocked.

"I couldn’t believe it. I’d worked myself up to a blood pressure reading of 150/80 thinking about how I was going to rearrange my life to deal with whatever this was," she writes, explaining her doctor suggested drinking water and sucking on lemons to bring the swelling down.

"I was grateful. Not just because things weren’t worse, but for the simple awareness that a tiny salivary gland can get clogged with mucus or crystallized-calcium stones and disrupt your whole system," she adds.

“Our bodies are amazing. And too often we are not grateful for their perfect functioning, balancing bacteria and enzymes, managing blood flow, thrumming the sinus rhythm beat, beat, beat of our hearts day in, day out. As they say, you don’t appreciate your health until you no longer have it."

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  • Tiffany Miller

    It could also be a sign of an infection.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Glands swell with infections period.... Get well Oprah ..... put a little colodial silver in your tea get better https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1425c997ed3319b16098cad0d4bebaabde80cd22860d557863b4ff2c949aed9.gif

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    My moms swelled up recently scared us all but she was good after she went to the ER...

  • iWasteTime
  • Blue

    right smh

  • Coy little wink

    Girrl give Steadman some head!

    She always has on a pair of dope frames...

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    me and my friend was talking about using google to diagnose shyt .... chile .... use that shyt ya got Aids and all .... be like this trying to self diagnose https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a354b1c494fed3a4759b35d567046035f0fb47423fbf5dcc2399a0cf1fc74290.gif

  • ohdearme

    Wow I never would've pictured her as the glass is half empty type. I wouldn't fear the worst over swollen glands because there are many causes not just cancer and HIV, dramatic much?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Coy little wink
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  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile going to them medical search engines for self diagnosis will have you dead in 3 weeks.....

  • Yoni7

    Bless her! I hope everything is ok.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Question: Would you continue to put GAS into a broken car? The best way to heal the body is to "FAST". When you fast, you allow your body to reset itself.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

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  • Quitedeliteful

    LMBAOFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Do you know of a reputable brand of colloidal silver. I tried making my own but I'm scared to drink it. I don't wanna turn blue...

  • Quitedeliteful

    I can't blame her for being scared. Didn't we have a post on Auntie Fee having a swollen neck which caused her to have a heart attack and die??

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Let me comment so I can get the info

  • IChosetheBrownDollbaby

    Oprah didn't say cancer or HIV. She woke up and her body was doing something out of the ordinary. ANYBODY would have concerns. Grow up.

  • KcoolMuziq

    LOVE HER!

    #TEAMOPRAH

  • Sherie Gregg

    It can also be Hypothyroidism! i tell you this sight is so damn negative.

  • ohdearme

    Read her letter dummy, a grown woman 64 years old wouldn't automatically panic. So no "anybody" wouldn't panic. Obviously I'm old enough and YOU need to grow TF up! Bye newbie. Play with your dolls sweetie, brown, white or otherwise.

  • Yoni7

    Not jumping in anyone's argument or anything but.....SANDRA lead off this thread with the mention of cancer and HIV in her first paragraph of this write up. Just pointing that out.

    As you all were......

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Sandra, I thought you were a CNA? You know damn well swollen glands can be attributed to other medical conditions.

  • Music

    Sandra brought in the dramatics, not Oprah. ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

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  • Music

    Glands can swell for a variety of reasons. It doesn’t necessarily mean cancer or hiv. Stop scaring the people.

  • Music

    CNA? I thought she was a Registered Nurse? Don’t tell me she’s been lying to us?! ?

  • ohdearme

    PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING: “I couldn’t believe it. I’d worked myself up to a blood pressure reading of 150/80 thinking about how I was going to rearrange my life to deal with whatever this was,” she writes, explaining her doctor suggested drinking water and sucking on lemons to bring the swelling down.

    Those words came from Oprah NOT the blogger. Come on folks, if you're going to go back and forth about my comment, at least read and comprehend what's written first.

  • Li-Wright

    I believe O is pre-diabetic, or diabetic. That could be why the health problems. As a diabetic I'm finding out that diabetes is that little annoying health bug that can cause all kinds of major problems.

  • Li-Wright

    Right!

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    @coylittlewink:disqus @disqus_MGkOxdk8pz:disqus @jeniefrumdabloc:disqus in the words of Mr Brown, "STOP being nasty!!!" ???

  • Music

    I comprehend very well. Oprah never mentioned cancer or hiv.

    Why are you so upset? Maybe you need to check your blood pressure.

  • Coy little wink

    I said head not sloppy top so I wasn't being nasty hun

  • PhillyFacts

    Why are you so upset? Maybe you need to check your blood pressure
    ------------------------------------------------------------------
    I dun flat-lined bahahahahahaha

  • ohdearme

    Nope sweetie I don't need to check anything, a 64 year old woman talked about rearranging her life over swollen glands, her words NOT mine or the bloggers lol. Yeah it's dramatic to do so BEFORE checking with a Dr.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Thanks so much! Ima order this today...

  • ohdearme

    No really the funniest part about her comment is that while saying it comprehends it clearly doesn't, but hey reading is optional I've learned. lol

  • Quitedeliteful

    Not sure if you got the info: natural path silver wings

  • PhillyFacts

    CNA...... cthu y'all play all day

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Eew! Does this mean I'm the one being nasty? ?? *goes to ponder*

  • PhillyFacts

    Sure did!!! I liked Auntie Fee too, her and that darn Travis was too much...He like "you gotta tell the peoples what it is" Fee's like "look I call this something fa da kids okay, sumthin fa da kids" hilarious.. RIP

  • hottlanta

    So much shade l need a umbrella at my desk. For those 2 young 2 remember. When Oprah first met stedman she was out of town. A reporter followed stedman around n printed in the paper that he was cheating on oprah with men b4 she came back home. It was a big mess. Soon as l saw the heading of this article l said no sandy didnt.

  • Music

    No, I comprehend very well. Its funny that you’re so upset over a comment. It’s a blog. ?Go outside and enjoy life. I’m done w/ my 20 mins of social media for the day. Now going back to my real life. You should get one. Have a bless day! ?

  • ohdearme

    No sweetie that's the thing, I'm not the least bit upset, in fact, you replied to my post because YOU were hurt not me. Keep posting love, thinking you've upset me. I can read and comprehend. Now have a great day, I've proven my point. lol

  • Coy little wink

    Lolololool

  • TMW

    Same with a thyroid disorder.

  • TMW

    ?

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Sounds more like her thyroid was acting weird. Oprah has such beautiful hair!

  • bemetoo

    swollen glands means that your body is fighting an infection

  • Logan Roberts

    Welp you have superb healthcare unlike most Americans.

  • pecancandy

    So many games in the Rose Garden

  • pecancandy

    Sooooo are you saying forget the ? and suck on that ?? Don’t drink ?but swallow that ?. ?? now that is a medical minute.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yep!! Auntie Fee was a good soul...

  • Coy little wink
  • Jonathan Lewis

    i compare every black woman hair to oprah

  • Quitedeliteful

    Coy over here playing with words!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • Gloria

    I was just about to say this. Lol Sandra took a big jump by mentioning HIV/Cancer. I mean, you can get swollen lymph nodes from the common cold virus even.

    Just the body doing it’s job

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Now you know that Sandra is the ultimate drama queen.

    That's why she has a gossip blog.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    CNA?
    Now here you come throwing shade.
    Scat.

    Ha,ha,ha!!!

  • DETROITTOATL

    hypothyroid or hyperthyroidism maybe....Sandra

  • Crazy tee

    I deal with thyroid issues and that is surely a sign...but only a doctor can make the right diagnosis

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Yes she is. I'm used to it. My brother does this to me daily. ??

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Lmao you told me to scat??
    I don't think I've ever been told to mf scat. Bye

  • SunRiseBlossom

    ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahaha

  • ann

    Roflmao!

  • Ozad

    LOL....now what you not going to do is put Oprah and hiv/aids in the same headline.......come on Auntie LOL we know your clickbait game can be better than that

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Solstice

    CNA??!! ??? (not that anything is wrong with being a CNA) I thought she was an RN? ???? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce7d9a92ad0cd199b20192f4cf775b6dbe24baaefc8bce8df603cd3b4b568f89.gif

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  • Connie

    Smh at the variety of diagnosis in here. Aunty O said her doctor told her that her SALIVARY GLANDS were BLOCKED!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You've never heard old people use the word 'scat' especially if a dog or cat is bothering them?

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Yeah, but I ain't never been told to scat. That tickled me?

  • dontgetblocked

    Big O is so dramatic. People are dealing with real health issues.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    My sister has the same hair, no perm, or weave.

  • LP

    OR A SORE THROAT, STREP ETC...DAMN WE JUST GONNA JUMP RIGHT TO CANCER AND AIDS.

  • Ozad

    like your obvious mental health issues...trolling is a devastating illness

  • http://www.beautyisland.org BeautyIsland.org

    Was gonna say the same thing!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    A multitude of things can make your glands swell. Glad she's ok. She doesn't seem like the type to neglect her health at all.

  • Faithz

    Some time ago, I awoke for work, and as I was washing my face I noticed a large knot on the right side of my forehead, it scared me straight. I woke up my boo, and they said it's just a knot, and i said i know but why is it on my forehead like that , so almost beside myself I got a hot shower, and left for work, On my Job we have a nurse on duty, so I went to my Job site, and one of the fellows who work with me said yes its a knot you better get to the Nurse office, so as soon as the nurse checked in, I went, and she
    checked me out, My reason for going in to work was it would be better to leave the Job, and go to Dr on my Job, so that is what I did, still worked up, I left work for the Dr office and I was beside myself, My Doctor was waiting for me, He rushed me into his office checked Me and the knot, and You will never guess what was wrong? It was my Sinuses that was swollen, I had never heard of that before, so Hey Yall take care of yourselves. Read up on the 30 Benefits of Apple Cider vinegar , and learn what the top Natural Antibiotics are! There are things in the Kitchen that can help you as well. Like Turmeric, Garlic, Ginger, Baking Soda, there's many things that is natural that will help each of us in some way are the other. Good Luck Oprah.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    ...dog, cat, child...

  • ClaireHuxtable

    *clapping* We don't need to pay the doctor for everything. Aloe, onion, Zinc,Coal Tar, etc. work really well.

  • Faithz

    Yes indeed, You got that right. I told a friend once after she had bragged, and bragged on her Dr, I told her that her Dr don't give a single care, if she used the Bath room are not, and she Laughed so hard, she said she had never though about it like that. I told her go to get your check up, I told her go and get your tune up like clock work, But when you don't get check up, do your fine tuning of your body on your own.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You told her right.
    Most people don't pay attention to their body. Even small things like having regular bowel movements.

  • Malcom Flex

    The one and only. The day she passes and may that be many years in the future, will be the day she is finally appreciated for everything she's done.

  • Faithz

    You are so right on, each of us are supposed
    To know more about our bodies than anyone
    Else. Our bodies has to get a tune up ever so often, but many never do ?

  • Faithz

    ? ? ? ? Lmao

  • Faithz

    So true there's people in my family
    Who has been on Thyroid Meds, and your Dr. can
    Look at your lab and tell a lot about what's going on.

  • Jussjess25

    And the common cold sandy ??. Swollen glands just means your sick with a basic sickeness.

  • the guest

    Thank for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring post.

  • Jennifer Wade

    A blocked salivary gland is when one of ur glands under ur tongue I trying to release saliva when u salivate. But because its blocked by crystalized saliva. The saliva has nowhere to go so ur necks swells up. It is completely different than a thyroid gland or a lymp node. It is not life threatening. I know because I had same thing. A big bulge in my throat. I freaked out & immediately went to ER. It was weird cuz it came when I ate. A hr later it would go down. Only certain foods caused it. That's because that was part of my where gland was blocked (ur tongue has different receptors for sweet, bitter, sour, salty, etc)

  • SpiceGirl

    Sure wish I could my hands on some of her frames she sports! And best of luck to you O

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    *Sigh* Oprah herself probably thought she had AIDS or cancer. That was my point. Of course there are lots of reasons for swollen glands. But the two I mentioned are the worst.