try exporting your file to IDML and then open it and see if the problem still persists.
(if the problem still persists.... feels like the next line should read "then see your doctor").
My apologize. I should have explain more. I was able to open the files in other machines to work on. InDesign on my laptop must have a setup issue. The color on the palette became pastel and the fill and stroke boxes became a gray box together.
I am a novice. Illustrator seems to work fine.
Any pointer will be greatly appreciated.