According to the online medical authority WebMD, hemorrhoids are the swelling of veins within the rectal canal. The veins and nerves themselves are there all the time, and are a natural part of your body. But occasionally (or for some like us, almost constantly) they will become inflamed, swelling drastically and causing pain, itching, burning, and even bleeding.
The usual treatment for this condition is the use of ointments, creams, compresses, soaking in a bath, and yes, even surgery! Unfortunately, these methods are ill suited for those of us who face this battle daily there is little relief found in any of them.