I was induced and everyone had told me it makes labour start off so much more intensely, but I didn't actually find it that hard to start with. I breathed and walked my way through the first 6 or 7 centimeters, so I don't think it was any worse or harder for me than a 'natural' labour would have been (though I have no point of comparison!)
It's a matter of them getting the right amount of drug coming through the drip, if they put too much through things go too quickly, not enough, too slowly, so they do tend to adjust your drip until things are going the way they should be. It did get stupidly painful at one point early on when they turned the drip up too fast, but they sorted that out really quickly.
Like Clax mentioned about the monitors, the biggest piece of advice I can give you is make sure that one of the first things you do when you've settled in the labour room is ask for a wireless monitor, otherwise you won't be able to walk and move around freely. (The hospital I was at only had a limited number of cordless monitors, so if it's the same where you are, it's important to ask straight away). The monitors are still a bit of a pain, they slip out of position and they dig into you, but at least with the cordless ones you're not tethered to the machine.
Also, you can ask them to take the monitor off you for a short period so you can use the shower for pain relief.
I was told by a midwife that one of the reasons there's a higher chance of intervention in induced labour is that women get so thrown by the 'medical' side, the monitor and drip etc that they forget to do all the things they learn in antenatal classes, they don't move around enough and use positions that keep labour progressing the way they might have if labour had started naturally. I don't know how true that is (my DS ended up being vacuumed out on the last push, but I don't think that was anything to do with the induction), but it's something I kept in mind during labour - when my brain worked at all... so in the first stage anyway wink.
Hope it all goes well for you, it's exciting to know your baby will be in your arms soon smile