I started with foot drop in Oct 05. In Jan.06 I was still walking, hiking and swimming. In March 06 I got my DX. In May I was still walking, but with a walker because I started falling a lot. Now I am in a scooter because walking is just to hard. My right arm and hand and getting weaker and my throat feels thick. My first appointment with the ALS clinic is next week. I hope they can give me tips on slowing this down. I was diagnosed so quickly and I am lossing my strength, I think, at an alarming pace. Does it work this way and then slow down? Any thoughts? I have been reading that some of you had symptoms for years before it was even diagnosed.