after doing what ry suggested, gather all of the documentation you can get about
your disability. dr statements, test results, etc. everything. it also helps a lot to have one or more drs on your side. after all of this, make your case for being so disabled that you canot work at the job for which you have been trained and skilled. after this preparatory work, get the proper forms from ss. fill them all out, providing the documentation that they ask for, and be prepared to spend $50 on photocopying.
after a few months you will get a letter back saying that you have been rejected. follow the rules, to the letter, for filing an appeal. again, be prepared to spend $75 for photocopying. within about
what seens like 6 months, you will get a letter from ss saying that you have been rejected again. i once knew a parapalegic who was told in this second letter that he was malingering!
don't take any of this personally. it's not paranoia, THEY ARE OUT TO GET YOU! then you appeal this second appeal to a law judge.
you can go though all of this cr** or get an attorney. they work on a contingency fee basis (about 25%) and will handle all of the paperwork for you. nice to know attorneys have at least socially beneficial use (aside from being the brunt of lawyer jokes).
good luck to you if you decide to go for it. it is a long, painful, difficult, frustrating -- you get the idea.