Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
The best would be to apply for disability benefits.
The fist step is to communicate with your doctor - and ask to evaluate your health from disability prospective.
The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.
"Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:
Most Social Security disability claims are initially processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies (usually called Disability Determination Services or DDSs). Subsequent appeals of unfavorable determinations may be decided in a DDS or by an administrative law judge in SSA's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
Here is an official publication that you may find helpful
Let me know if you need any further clarification.