Blacky, my hands were killing me, too. I started getting redness on my wrist and pinky also, and that finally pushed my GI into action. My bowel disease seems pretty mild, but my hands were making me crazy.
My GI put me on Entocort on top of my Pentasa for about 3 months. The hand pain went away. Then he tapered me off the Entocort and titered me up on sulfasalazine, which was originally a drug for rheumatoid arthritis. There was one week there when I was off the entocort and building up the sulfasalazine that my hands were hurting, but then it went away. My hands have been about 95% pain free for a year, and it is really great.
One thing I noticed was that my hand pain tracked perfectly with my menstrual cycle. When my estrogen dropped my joint pain increased. heh.
So I don't have hand pain anymore, but I do have knee and sacroiliac pain. Still working on a remedy for that; I am considering biologics or some other med choices, but my GI objects because my bowel disease does not appear serious to him.
For the times I've had all-over joint pain like you're describing, 30 days of pred was the best and quickest cure.
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (6g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, vit. D (20K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.