Hi everyone, I am 60 years of age and diagnosed with COPD two years ago, I stopped smoking straight away and felt much better as my sense of taste returned and my sense of smell eventually returned. I have tried in vein to exercise on a daily basis as I find it too stressful and am worried I may suffer a heart attack if I push myself. Although I was 12 stone through out my adult life, since my diagnosis, I have gone up to 16-1/2 stone (4-1/2 stone gain) and my abdomen has swollen considerably despite my appetite not being what it used to be. I presume the weight gain is because I do not exercise enough but I don't know why my abdomen is so swollen? Has anyone else had this?