labor or false labor??

so 5 hours ago i started having bad contractions every 3 minutes along with bad back pain and pressure in my pelvic area. Then the pain went away but my stomach was still contracting every 3 minutes. Theen, the pain picked back up and i continued contracting every 3 minutes and then it went down to every 2 minutes about a minute and a half apart. they were getting pretty intense but i didnt go to L&D because i didnt want to get sent home. Finally they slowed down became painless again and became irregular and now theyre painful once again and i havent tracked how far apart they are. This has to be false labor right? Do early contractions do this? i dont want to get my hopes up.