Based on my experience, I agree with all the helpful tips you gave out. I will add (which you imply in there anyway)... to insist on your doc giving you an Rx pain med. Mine was certain that Advil would be just fine - and the only reason I wasn't insistent on getting pain meds was because I had leftover Vicoprofen from surgery earlier in the year. I know some people say they didn't need them, but I definitely needed it!! Advil did NOTHING. And the heating pad only helped in the beginning when the pain wasn't so terrible. The way I see it, better to have the meds there and not use them than to suffer needlessly in pain and not have them available.
I agree with you, even with all that I preferred this over my d&c last year.
So sorry for your loss and that you had to go through this.