I had to be induced with Pitocin. My water broke after irregular contrations that never became regular on their own. It's my understanding the Pitocin hits harder and quicker if your water has broke (broken?). I got pretty intense contractions that were 2 minutes apart within minutes of the first drip of pitocin. But never fear - the man with the epidural was near. I would definitely recommend an epidural if you are being induced. You may not have the luxury of "easing into the contractions" with the Pitocin. My sister-in-law was also induced (she was well past her due date) and she had a really smooth labor and delivery. Her contractions started light and gradually intensified. She also received an epidural.
In the end, when that bundle of joy finally appears the discomfort of the contractions will long forgotten. You'll be fine. Who knows - maybe nature will takes its course early. I was originally scheduled for induction 4 days after DS arrived. I still had to have the Pitocin - but got to meet my boy a few days earlier than I expected.
Congratulations, good luck, and keep us posted!