The simple answer is that common hemorrhoids are usually both painful and itchy. While the pain of hemorrhoids is not severe, most people who suffer from them do experience mild discomfort at certain times. There may also be slight burning sensation around the hemorrhoid, as well as itching at times. Bleeding is also not uncommon, especially during bowel movements when the tissue might become stretched or irritated. Sitting in awkward positions can also sometimes become uncomfortable for a hemorrhoid sufferer, and present a mild irritation from time to time.
Most hemorrhoid pain is not serious and bleeding is minimal, spotty and not present constantly. However, if you do begin to experience more severe symptoms, such as intense itching, more than mild pain or burning, or prolonged bleeding, you should speak to a doctor immediately, as treatment in the form of creams or surgery may be needed to help alleviate symptoms.