Re: I don't care what you call it, it still hurts
I had prodromal labor for almost a month (my little one was 2 weeks late), and even my early active labor wasn't productive. Planned for a midwife-attended natural birth, got stuck being induced at the hospital. It ALL hurt like hell, especially the ones closer to when she was born! It's not "fake" that's for sure.
Had a long, pitocin induced labor but FWIW I only pushed for 20 mins. Maybe it helped?