My Documents Folder emptied without my doing so

I turned on my computer and went to my documents to edit a long report I had completed the day before. It gave me an error message that My Documents was not accessible. I tried again and same result. I then checked the properties and it shows the file as empty. I did a back up and I can see the files scrolling and saved on the back up but I cannot access them . What do you suggest. I use Windows XP
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