Pneumonia Symptoms Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Wendi Drummond, DO (August 01, 2017) What Are the Symptoms of Pneumonia? Typical symptoms of pneumonia include a cough (with or without sputum), chest pain, rapid breathing and shortness of breath. Other symptoms of pneumonia often include fever, sweats, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and weakness. Symptoms of bacterial pneumonias often begin quickly, with a cough that is productive of green or rust colored sputum, fever (often with chills) and pain along the chest wall. Infections caused by mycoplasma and viruses typically develop more slowly, often after a few days of flu-like symptoms. They can create a hacking or barky cough, a headache and pain under the breastbone. Pneumonia Diagnosis Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.