I never obstructed either. I just had tons of pain, and some nausea. Eventually I was only eating full liquids. I have no idea how long I was like that either. That is why I get so upset when people go on about feeling wonderful on no medication, we just don't know what our insides look like. We could still be eating everything inside, but our intestine could be the size of a shoelace. Sometimes the damage is done quickly, sometimes it takes years, we just don't know. I lived for 10 years before I was diagnosed and needed surgery pretty soon after, because my insides were a mess, 2 years later, surgery again, 2 years later, surgery again.
Sometimes we just can't feel it, its just so weird, plus our pain tolerance can be so out of whack.
CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!
Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....