Common symptoms are cough. So if you don't ever have a cough and then you start coughing, or if you have a chronic cough and it's much worse. Other common symptoms are fevers, chills, rigors, and feeling really sick. Most people are quite sick in terms of systemic symptoms when they have pneumonia. Other common symptoms are shortness of breath. You feel very winded with day-to-day activities or even winded sitting there speaking. And you can also have chest wall pain, meaning around your ribs or around your lungs. You have trouble breathing and it hurts. So these are symptoms that you should go see a doctor about fairly soon, because the sooner you treat pneumonia, the better the outcome.