Ever feel like you have a fire stemming from your stomach up to your throat? Well it could be the typical “heartburn” sensation or it could be something known as GERD- gastroesophageal reflux disease- a condition that causes the acid in your stomach to rise into your esophagus and consequently irritate the lining of the esophagus. How to tell the difference? Heartburn can occur sporadically, infrequently, and after eating certain foods and is also a symptom of GERD. GERD however, is more chronic and long-term and the heartburn sensation associated with it is experienced more frequently. If you experience heartburn more than twice per week, you may have GERD.