I think my daughter has a similar problem. I was trying to search the internet for a possible reason to why she cries so loudly before she sleeps each night. Nothing seems to soothe her. This only occurs when it's her NIGHT bedtime. She does not cry like that during her afternoon naps.
My girl is coming 10 months. She has been having difficulty going to sleep at night as she neither sucks her thumb (like my elder girl) nor take the pacifier. I'm still trying to find a solution to this prob also. (so I dont't think I'm of much help here.... =P)
Does your daughter take either?