• Non-motor complications associated with restless legs syndrome

      Lucey, Rebbeca; Browne, Patrick; Counihan, Timothy (Nursing in General Practice, 2015-01)
      Restless legs syndrome (RLS), or Willis-Ekbom Disorder, is a common neurological disorder involving an irresistible need to move the limbs, usually associated with abnormal burning or itching sensations in the extremities.1 These abnormal sensations are provoked by rest or inactivity and, at least, temporarily relieved by movement.2 While the legs are the most commonly affected limbs, it often spreads to other parts of the body, particularly the arms.3 Phantom limbs can also be affected.4 It affects between 7.2% and 11% of the population in Europe and North America5 and is twice as common in females as males.6