If you have paid into social security you can also apply for disability but the first 6 months are excluded. It is not easy to get and you must be unable to work for at least 1 year so it often take several applications to get it. Since that fund is separate from regular SS I think they might be getting tougher. Congress just put more money into disability so it would not run out next year. Regular SS is fully funded for another 20 years then about 75% unless congress adjusts SS.
I was on it for 2 years before being eligible for regular SS.
MCTD (SLE Lupus, polymyositis, scleroderma). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in downhill skiing, golf, hiking. Meds: amlodipine, benezapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide.
Remain Optimistic and you can overcome.