Is there a difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

No. Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux. Gerd, or acid reflux can present with other symptoms such as voice changes, coughing or abdominal pain.
Really the same. Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn acid reflux disease i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza.

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What is the difference between heartburn, acid reflux and the gastroesophageal reflux disease?

1. Acid reflux or gastroesophgeal reflux disorder is syndrom where because of lax sphincter between the esophgus and the stomach, people get regurgitation of acid conent in to the esophagus. Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux but by no means the only symptom or manifestion. Acid reflux causes heartburn, esophagitis, strictures, barretts esophagus as well as cough etc. Read more...
All related. Heartburn is a common symptom of the physiologic event of acid reflux. Gerd is diagnosed when reflux symptoms occur frequently to require medical attention. Reflux symptoms include heartburn, regurgitation, frequent burping, night time cough, or even aspiration.... And many others. If you are having frequent problems and takes Tums (calcium carbonate) or acid reducer regularly, you need to see a doctor. Read more...
Heartburn is pain. Heartburn is the pain people get from the damage to the lining of the esophagus caused by stomach acid coming up past a failing valve at the top of the stomach. Gerd is the name of this disease. While acid medicines can reduce the pain they do not stop the stomach fluid from coming up. Gerd is often associated with hiatal hernias. Both of these can be fixed with minimally invasive procedures. Read more...

What is the difference between heartburn and acid reflux disease?

Symptom/disease. Heartburn is a symptom often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). Not everyone with gerd has heartburn and not everyone complaining of heartburn has gerd as the cause. Read more...
Really the same. Some doctors may call more regular episodes of heartburn acid reflux disease i.e. Daily as opposed to episodic heartburn that you get from eating too much pizza. Read more...

For someone who has acid reflux disease or GERD how long do they have to take the pills?

Usually Indefinitely. Those with chronic problems may need long-term medication. Talk to your doctor to make sure it isn't something else causing it though. Sometimes, losing weight or changing diet (avoid spicy foods & overeating) can help as well as or even better than medication & some severe cases can require surgery. Read more...

My sister had a mametry test and pH test for acid reflux disease. Tests were neg but can she still have acid reflux/gerd?

Yes GERD. A syndrome due to structural or functional incompetence of the lower esophageal sphincter (les), which permits retrograde flow of acidic gastric juice into the esophagus. Read more...
Depends on test . If the test is done well it will be less likely. However symptoms are consistent with gerd, your doctor may ask you to follow standard gerd precaution and try a proton pump inhibitor for 4 weeks. Response will clinically confirm gerd or egd may be considered. Read more...
Every body refluxes. The tests help define the subgroup of refluxers that are at highest risk of erosive esophagitis and other related problems.If you burp, you refluxed air from the stomach.Everybody does, and most of us get heartburn on occasion. Gerd is just reflux with significant symptoms. Making wise dietary choices, avoiding caffeine and nicotine and not eating or drinking within an hour of sleep can reduce sx. Read more...

Duodenitis never seems to "heal"? Is this normal? I had a colonoscopy and upper GI performed twice and was told I had GERD (acid reflux disease) and a duodenitis. They checked for barrett's disease and all was fine. That was back early 2010 and again

I . I suggest you talk with the physician who performed your endoscopy. The pain may be your duodenitis but may also be something else. There are many things (looking down) to the right. It's more of a chronic inflammation. Taking the Omeprazole daily rather than every other day might be helpful. I'd be clear with your doctor that you are having "discomfort" and explain that you wonder if an alternative medication may be beneficial, or perhaps further workup. It's very important to share any/all concerns with your doctor. Best of luck! Read more...