expression "caught between a rock and a hard place" describes the meaning and origins. I'm looking for a single word that means the same thing.
The answer mentions the word "dilemma". This fits, but to me it would usually just suggest that there is a problem, rather than being in a situation where you need to choose between two bad options. I also found "quandary" and "predicament". I don't think these fit well, either.
Are there any words that work better?
This left me between a rock and a hard place.
This left me in a dilemma/predicament/quandary.