I would not worry so much about the PCP if she/he is not taking care of your medical condition that can lead to disability. Your specialst will hold more "water" as they say over a PCP anyway.
It was my gastro that insisted I "retire" and said I will write any letter needed to SSD for you. WOW. I am his 2nd patient he has ever insisted on retiring because he told me he believed people should work as a rule. I have worked for attys all my life and it is a very stressful job.
One thing I want to caution you about is; with you drawing unemployment you are getting I assume far less than what you made working. SS uses your income to determine your monthly benefit and the unemployment will be counted, which can result in you receiving less per month in SSD. In other words, lets say you were working and became disabled, your income from working would be much higher, therefore, your SSD monthly check would be paid at a higher rate. The unemployment may hurt in this case. Also, I do not know how long you have been receiving unemployment.
I do know you will need your doctor backing you 100% in helping get you get disability. Your specialist is going to have to give a date that that you became disabled as well. In addition, your dr needs to state that you are unable to do any type of gainful employment. One of the 1st questions asked is when you became disabled. SS as a rule goes by the date the dr says you are disabled. When did you last work prior to applying for unemployment? When applying for unemployment you are stating you are fit for work but unable to find a job. So, be care full and tread lightly as it could become very conflicting.
My own thoughts are your condition has progressively worsened over time. This will be up to you to relay to your dr. If you are not doing well, by all means make sure this is documented in your chart. I do not know what your relationship is with your dr, does he/she know you are not working at this time & getting unemployment. If the dr cannot get your pain under control without giving medications that would make it impossible for you to get up every day and go to work, then its time for a heart to heart about applying for disability.
In reality, since you are not quite sure what direction you are headed in, its difficult to give you some ideas. I think its best we wait until we really know what is going on with you. You stated you would know more by end of summer so we have time to talk about things. The main thing I wanted you to know is the possible effect of the unemployment having on the monthly amt received from SS. I was very fortunate I made very good money, and I do receive more than alot of people here. A long time ago it was one of the topics, I don't think some of them understood it was based on their income, so they were shocked at how little they were paid. Even with what I get a month, I would much rather be healthy and making the real money any day of the week, rather than in state I am in now. No one will ever get rich while drawing SSD unless they win the lottery,lol. But, who can afford to buy lottery tickets.lol
Let me know if I can help. Susie