I've had heartburn for ever, have always had tums on hand and remember buying tagament in college - but never using it correctly. I was officially dx'd when I was dx'd with my UC. I'd been having awful burning at the back of my throat and the doc did an EDG while I was out for the c-scope.
The GERD board here is a great source of knowledge.
Many people present with many different symptoms. My SIL presented with only chest pain - right in the sternum area - no heartburn, indigestion, nausea like mine.
Best to ask your doc as well :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
Status: Flaring :(
40mg pred, Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 75mg, Cortifoam, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio, Calcium, Vitamin D