Ive got a monkey on my back

Ive got a monkey on my back is a common phrase which refers to the fact that this person has a serious problem that wont go away. If you think of having a monkey on your back literally, you can imagine how frustrating and tiring this would become. Figuratively, to have a monkey on your back means you are in the middle of a big dilemma that doesnt seem to be going away or getting resolved.